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Access to naloxone in Tasmania, 2014-2022

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Author: Raimondo Bruno, Yalei Wilson, Robyn Greaves, Myf Briggs

Resource Type: Drug Trends Bulletins

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is a national drug monitoring system intended to identify emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets, and form part of Drug Trends.  

Opioid overdose is a major public health issue responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality. People who inject drugs often report experiencing non-fatal opioid overdose. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is used as a safe and effective agent for temporarily reversing the effects of opioids, including pharmaceutical opioids (e.g., methadone, codeine, fentanyl, morphine) and illicit opioids such as heroin. 

The aim of this bulletin is to provide an overview of key data sources that relate to naloxone use in Tasmania.