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  • Prehospital Medication Administration: A Randomised Study Comparing Intranasal and Intravenous Routes

    Posted on October 14th, 2012 TimB No comments

    Opioid overdose is an ever-increasing problem globally. Recent studies have demonstrated that intranasal (IN) naloxone is a safe and e?ective alternative to traditional routes of naloxone administration for reversal of opioid overdose.

    This randomised controlled trial aimed to compare the time taken to deliver intranasal medication with that of intravenous (IV) medication by advanced paramedic trainees.

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  • Heroin linked to 3 deaths ‘not rogue batch’

    Posted on October 9th, 2012 TimB No comments

    The heroin linked to three deaths in Cork and Dublin is “normal” and not a rogue “super-strength” batch of the drug, tests show.

    Garda and medical sources said the finding underlined the everyday risk facing injecting heroin users, particularly when they take it with other drugs and when their health is very poor.

    The Irish Examiner has learned that tests conducted on heroin samples found they all appeared to be standard street heroin, cut with the usual diluting agents such as paracetamol and caffeine.

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  • What MDMA is doing to your brain

    Posted on September 13th, 2012 TimB No comments

  • Gardai say more certain to die from lethal cocktail of drink and drugs

    Posted on July 16th, 2012 TimB No comments

    An increasing  trend of mixing alcohol with drugs is having a potentially lethal effect on young revellers. When drugs such as ecstasy first hit the dance scene, users often chose to avoid alcohol altogether.

    But gardai are now warning that users are mixing cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol and other drugs, with dangerous consequences. The chances of a cardiac arrest are increased twenty fold if someone mixes cocaine and alcohol, according to experts.

    Mixing drugs — known as polydrug use — claimed the lives of two young men who died after last weekend’s Swedish House Mafia concert at Phoenix Park in Dublin, according to initial toxicology tests.

    Senior gardai have warned more deaths will almost certainly follow if users continue to consume either a mixture of drugs or combine one drug with alcohol.

    Studies by experienced officers have shown that most deaths arising from concerts and parties are a result of mixtures — usually a combination of cocaine and ecstasy with alcohol, or a variety of pills.

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  • The availability of Naloxone in a homeless primary healthcare service in Ireland

    Posted on April 30th, 2012 TimB No comments

    This is an interview with Janet Robinson from Safetynet, in the interview Janet talks about how the service operates and highlights the importance of providing Naloxone in the homeless services.

  • Overdose Prevention and Response

    Posted on February 21st, 2012 TimB No comments

    This is a document that can be printed out which gives clear points on overdose prevention

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  • Mortality related to drug use in Europe: public health implications

    Posted on November 17th, 2011 TimB No comments

    In recent decades, the overall level of illicit drug use in Europe has risen dramatically, and with it the number of deaths among the drug-using population, in particular among problem drug users. In the 21st century, a considerable share of premature or avoidable mortality among young adults can be attributed to illicit drug overdose, which accounts for an estimated 4% of deaths among those aged 15–39 in Europe (1). These deaths are often related to injecting drug use and, in most cases, involve a combination of substances (Best et al., 2000), but they represent only part of mortality among drug users (2). In addition, a substantial number of deaths are indirectly. related to drug use, such as those from HIV/AIDS related to injecting drug use, accidents, violence and suicides. The high levels of mortality among drug users are a serious cause for concern both at the individual and the societal .

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  • Measures that need to be taken in response to the overdose problem in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

    Posted on September 30th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Eastern Europe and Central Asia is home to approximately 3,724,000 people who inject drugs (Mathers et al., 2008).  This region also has one of the world largest populations of people who inject drugs, the majority of whom use opiates (UNODC, 2010).  This predominance of opiates is connected with a high prevalence of HIV and mortality related to injection  drug use.

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  • Heroin overdose antidote should be given to prisoners, UK ministers told

    Posted on April 14th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The government’s official drug advisers say ‘magic medicine’ naloxone could save 500 lives a year

    The government’s official drug advisers are urging ministers to provide all prisoners at risk of overdosing with a “magic medicine” that could save up to 500 lives a year.

    The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) wants all prisoners leaving jail in Britain handed packs of naloxone, a drug that reverses the symptoms of a morphine or heroin overdose for 45 minutes, which could be long enough to get emergency treatment.

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  • Drug overdose deaths highlight Britain’s recent heroin shortage

    Posted on March 15th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Batches of rogue high-quality heroin thought to have triggered deaths due to users’ reduced tolerance levels

    The arrival of rogue high-purity batches of heroin is believed to have triggered a spate of overdose deaths in the middle of Britain’s longest heroin drought, drugs charities have warned.

    A snapshot survey of frontline drug services, police and service users in 18 towns and cities, publishedby Druglink magazine, reveals the scale of the “unprecedented” heroin drought first identified last October – and the risks of using the new supplies.

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