Proceedings of an international opioid overdose symposium

Proceedings of an international opioid overdose symposium (1998) . Edited by Wayne Hall. International Opioid Overdose Symposium, 14-15 August, 1999, Sydney, Australia.

Title of proceedings Proceedings of an international opioid overdose symposium
Editor Wayne Hall
Conference name International Opioid Overdose Symposium
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 14-15 August, 1999
ISBN 0 947229 841
Place published University of New South Wales
Publisher National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
Publication date 1998
Volume number NDARC Monograph No. 35
Start page 1
End page 130
Total pages 130
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract/Summary The aim of the International Opioid Overdose Symposium was to review trends in illicit opioid overdose deaths in a number of countries in order to identify strategies for preventing such deaths. Australia was prompted to host this meeting because it has experienced a sustained increase in illicit opioid overdose deaths over the past decade. One response to this increase has been an expansion in methadone maintenance treatment places. An apparent increase in methadone-related deaths among persons in treatment and from diverted methadone has produced community concern about the methadone program. It therefore was timely to meet to discuss trends in heroin and methadone-related deaths in Australia and to invite international speakers to help place recent Australian experience in an international context. A Symposium was jointly convened by the Central Sydney Area Drug and Alcohol Services and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in its role as a WHO Collaborating Centre in the Treatment and Prevention of Drug and Alcohol. Funding for the meeting was provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services and the Drug and Alcohol Directorate of the New South Wales Department of Health. This paper summarises the issues discussed at the Symposium.

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