Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 189–200

Heroin overdose: Research and evidence-based intervention

Article

DOI: 10.1093/jurban/jtg022

Cite this article as:
Darke, S. & Hall, W. J Urban Health (2003) 80: 189. doi:10.1093/jurban/jtg022

Abstract

Drug overdose is a major cause of premature death and morbidity among heroin users. This article examines recent research into heroin overdose to inform interventions that will reduce the rate of overdose death. The demographic characteristics of overdose cases are discussed, including factors associated with overdose: polydrug use, drug purity, drug tolerance, routes of administration, and suicide. Responses by heroin users at overdoses are also examined. Potential interventions to reduce the rate of overdose and overdose-related morbidity are examined in light of the emerging data in this field.

Keywords

HeroinMortalityOverdose

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© The New York Academy of Medicine 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Drug and Alcohol Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesAustralia
  2. 2.Office of Public Policy and Ethics, Institute for Molecular BioscienceUniversity of QueenslandAustralia