IDRS Drug Trends Bulletin December 2017: Lifetime and recent opioid overdose among a sample of people who inject drugs in Australia

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Author: Paul Dietze, Penny Hill

Resource Type: Drug Trends Bulletins

Key findings:

  • 45% of participants in the survey of people who inject drugs (PWID) conducted as part of the IDRS reported having ever had an opioid overdose.
  • 14% reported recently having an opioid overdose.
  • PWID who initiated injecting with pharmaceutical opioids were more likely to report experiencing an overdose with these drugs.
  • Reports of recent opioid overdose were associated with daily alcohol use and illicit benzodiazepine use.