Accidental and deliberate overdose among opiate addicts in methadone maintenance treatment : are deliberate overdoses systematically different?

BEST, David, GOSSOP, M., MAN, L. H., FINCH, E., GREENWOOD, J. and STRANG, J. (2000). Accidental and deliberate overdose among opiate addicts in methadone maintenance treatment : are deliberate overdoses systematically different? Drug and Alcohol Review, 19 (2), 213-216.

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Abstract

The frequency of accidental or deliberate overdose was investigated among 200 opiate addicts in methadone substitution treatment in clinics in Edinburgh and south London. One hundred and three of the participants reported a mean of 3.4 overdoses, with 71 (69%) reporting that their most recent overdose was accidental, 27 (26%) deliberate - the remainder were uncertain. Those whose last overdose was deliberate were more likely to have been prescribed diazepam at that time and were more depressed at the time of interview. Differentiation by self-reported reason for overdose suggests that treatment providers should distinguish between accidental and deliberate overdose in developing overdose prevention strategies.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1080/713659326
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 10:08
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 15:51
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9201

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