Key findings:
  • ƒƒPast year and lifetime experience of stimulant overdose has significantly increased since monitoring began in 2007
  • Those that had a recent stimulant overdose were more likely to report bingeing behaviour, were more likely to report having used a higher number of drug classes, were more likely to score a severity of dependence score of four and above for ecstasy and also more likely to score above eight in the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
  • Ecstasy was the main drug attributed to stimulant overdose
  • Sixty percent of this sample reported their most recent stimulant OD to consuming too much of a substance, 14% reported that it was due to consuming a bad/adulterated pill and 15% reported that it was due to both of the aboveƒ
  • ƒFor comparison purposes participants were grouped into those who considered their overdose due to a ‘bad pill’ group versus ‘other reason for overdose’ group
  • Those who believed they consumed a bad/adulterated pill were over five times more likely to experience their overdose in a nightclub
  • The vast majority of those who had experienced stimulant overdose received no formal treatment
  • Participants who believed they overdosed on a bad pill were four times more likely to have looked on pill reports either before, after or at both times after their stimulant overdose experience
  • These findings highlight the need to continue harm reduction strategies aimed at minimising risk of stimulant overdose and raising awareness of the risks of ecstasy impurity.



Natasha Sindicich, Jodie Grigg, Lucy Burns
Date Commenced
30 Jun 2014
Resource Type
Drug Trends Bulletins