When is a little knowledge dangerous?. Circumstances of recent heroin overdose and links to knowledge of overdose risk factors

Paul Mark Dietze, Damien John Jolley, Craig Fry, Gabriele Bammer, David Moore

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    OBJECTIVES: To describe the circumstances surrounding recent heroin overdose among a sample of heroin overdose survivors and the links to their knowledge of overdose risk. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 257 recent non-fatal heroin overdose survivors was undertaken to examine self-reported knowledge of overdose risk reduction strategies, behaviour in the 12 h prior to overdose and attributions of overdose causation. RESULTS: Most of the overdoses occurred in public spaces as a result of heroin use within 5 min of purchasing the drug.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)223 - 230
    Number of pages8
    JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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