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J Urban Health. 2003 Jun;80(2):189-200.

Heroin overdose: research and evidence-based intervention.

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National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia. s.drake@unsw.edu.au

Abstract

Drug overdose is a major cause of premature death and morbidity among heroin users. This article examines recent research into heroin overdose to inform interventions that will reduce the rate of overdose death. The demographic characteristics of overdose cases are discussed, including factors associated with overdose: polydrug use, drug purity, drug tolerance, routes of administration, and suicide. Responses by heroin users at overdoses are also examined. Potential interventions to reduce the rate of overdose and overdose-related morbidity are examined in light of the emerging data in this field.

PMID:
12791795
PMCID:
PMC3456279
DOI:
10.1093/jurban/jtg022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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