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Nonfatal heroin overdoses in Queensland, Australia : an analysis of ambulance data

Clark, Michele J. & Bates, Angela C. (2003) Nonfatal heroin overdoses in Queensland, Australia : an analysis of ambulance data. Journal of Urban Health, 80(2), pp. 238-247.

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Abstract

In the past decade, the utilization of ambulance data to inform the prevalence of nonfatal heroin overdose has increased. These data can assist public health policymakers, law enforcement agencies, and health providers in planning and allocating resources. This study examined the 672 ambulance attendances at nonfatal heroin overdoses in Queensland, Australia, in 2000. Gender distribution showed a typical 70/30 male-to-female ratio. An equal number of persons with nonfatal heroin overdose were between 15 and 24 years of age and 25 and 34 years of age. Police were present in only 1 of 6 cases, and 28.1% of patients reported using drugs alone. Ambulance data are proving to be a valuable population-based resource for describing the incidence and characteristics of nonfatal heroin overdose episodes. Future studies could focus on the differences between nonfatal heroin overdose and fatal heroin overdose samples.

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ID Code: 27168
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional URLs:
DOI: 10.1093/jurban/jtg027
ISSN: 1099-3460
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2010 09:16
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 23:11

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