Key Findings

Stimulant Overdose

  • Lifetime and past year stimulant overdose fluctuated across 2007-2010, before stabilising from 2011 onwards. 
  • The majority of participants attributed their last overdose to ecstasy; much smaller proportions nominated methamphetamine as the main drug involved in their last overdose.
  • Among those who had overdosed in the past year, only a minority received medical assistance. The majority of the sample reported that they had not received any treatment or had been monitored by friends.

Depressant Overdose:

  • Lifetime and past year depressant overdose remained relatively stable across 2007-2015.
  • The majority of participants attributed their last overdose to alcohol, and this remained consistent across all years.
  • Among those who had overdosed in the past year, only a minority received medical assistance. The majority reported that they had not received any treatment or had been monitored by friends. 

Resources

Author(s)

Rachel Sutherland, Gavin Entwistle, Courtney Breen
Date Commenced
25 Jul 2016
Resource Type
Drug Trends Bulletins