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Naloxone for administration by peers in cases of heroin overdose

Simon R Lenton, Paul M Dietze, Louisa Degenhardt, Shane Darke and Tony G Butler
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (8): 469.

To the Editor: We wish to call for the removal of scheduling and legislative barriers in Australia that prevent easy access to naloxone for administration by peers to people suffering from a heroin overdose.

Simon R Lenton, Professor and Deputy Director1
Paul M Dietze, Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor2
Louisa Degenhardt, Professor and Assistant Director3
Shane Darke, Professor3
Tony G Butler, Associate Professor1
1 National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA.
2 Burnet Institute, Monash Institute of Health Services Research, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
3 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
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Darke S, Hall W. Heroin overdose: research and evidence-based intervention. J Urban Health 2003; 80: 189-200.
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12791795
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Lenton SR, Hargreaves KM. Should we conduct a trial of distributing naloxone to heroin users for peer administration to prevent fatal overdose? Med J Aust 2000; 173: 260-263.
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11130352
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Kim D, Irwin KS, Khoshnood K. Expanded access to naloxone: options for critical response to the epidemic of opioid overdose mortality. Am J Public Health 2009; 99: 402-407.
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5
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19150908

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