12.30-1.30pm, Wed 31st January 2018
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton
Professor Jane Buxton, Epidemiologist and harm reduction lead, BC Centre for Disease Control, School of Population and Public Health, The University of British Columbia, Canada
An unprecedented increase in opioid-related overdoses is occurring in British Columbia, Canada. A provincial public health emergency was declared in April 2016. In 2017 more than 7,000 take-home-naloxone kits were used; oral and supervised injectable opioid agonist therapy expanded, and overdose prevention services (where people are observed using drugs) introduced. However, overdose deaths remain unacceptably high. An estimated 1,400 illicit drug overdose deaths occurred in 2017 (<250 deaths/year before 2011), with fentanyl detected in >80% of these deaths. This presentation will explore the interventions and ask the question what next?
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