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

Clark, Michele J. and Bates, Angela C. (2003) Nonfatal heroin overdoses in Queensland, Australia: an analysis of ambulance data. Journal of Urban Health, 80 2: 238-247. doi:10.1093/jurban/jtg027


Author Clark, Michele J.
Bates, Angela C.
Title Nonfatal heroin overdoses in Queensland, Australia: an analysis of ambulance data
Journal name Journal of Urban Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-3460
1468-2869
Publication date 2003-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/jurban/jtg027
Volume 80
Issue 2
Start page 238
End page 247
Total pages 10
Editor D. Sharp
Place of publication Cary, NC, U.S.A.
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
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.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine, General & Internal
Service Records
Users
Deaths
Emergencies
Trends
Sydney
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Bulletin of The New York Academy of Medicine

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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