Stimulant and depressant overdose among a sample regular psychostimulant users in Australia, 2007-2015

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Author: Rachel Sutherland, Gavin Entwistle, Courtney Breen

Resource Type: Drug Trends Bulletins

Key Findings

Stimulant Overdose

  • Lifetime and past year stimulant overdose fluctuated across 2007-2010, before stabilising from 2011 onwards. 
  • The majority of participants attributed their last overdose to ecstasy; much smaller proportions nominated methamphetamine as the main drug involved in their last overdose.
  • Among those who had overdosed in the past year, only a minority received medical assistance. The majority of the sample reported that they had not received any treatment or had been monitored by friends.

Depressant Overdose:

  • Lifetime and past year depressant overdose remained relatively stable across 2007-2015.
  • The majority of participants attributed their last overdose to alcohol, and this remained consistent across all years.
  • Among those who had overdosed in the past year, only a minority received medical assistance. The majority reported that they had not received any treatment or had been monitored by friends.