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Type: Journal article
Title: Jurisdictional differences in opioid use, other licit and illicit drug use, and harms associated with substance use among people who tamper with pharmaceutical opioids
Author: Peacock, A.
Bruno, R.
Cama, E.
Kihas, I.
Larance, B.
Lintzeris, N.
Hordern, A.
White, N.
Ali, R.
Degenhardt, L.
Citation: Drug and Alcohol Review, 2015; 34(6):611-622
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 0959-5236
1465-3362
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Amy Peacock, Raimondo Bruno, Elena Cama, Ivana Kihas, Briony Larance, Nick Lintzeris, Antonia Hordern, Nancy White, Robert Ali and Louisa Degenhardt
Abstract: Introduction and Aims: The harms associated with non-medical use of pharmaceutical opioid analgesics are well established; however, less is known about the characteristics and drug-use patterns of the growing and hidden populations of people using pharmaceutical opioids illicitly, including the frequency of pharmaceutical opioid injection. This paper aimed to undertake a detailed examination of jurisdictional differences in patterns of opioid use among a cohort of people who regularly tamper with pharmaceutical opioids in Australia. Design and Methods: Data were drawn from the National Opioid Medications Abuse Deterrence study. The cohort was recruited from New South Wales (NSW; n = 303), South Australia (SA; n = 150) and Tasmania (TAS; n = 153) to participate in face-to-face structured interviews collecting data on use of pharmaceutical opioids, benzodiazepines, other sedative drugs and illicit substances, as well as the harms associated with substance use. Results: TAS participants reported greater use and injection of certain pharmaceutical opioids (particularly morphine and methadone tablets), and limited heroin use, with lower rates of engagement in opioid substitution treatment, compared with NSW participants. NSW participants were more socially disadvantaged and more likely to report risky injecting behaviours and injecting-related injuries and diseases compared with SA and TAS participants. SA participants reported greater rates of pain conditions, greater use of pain-based services, as well as broader use of pharmaceutical opioids in regards to forms and route of administration, compared with NSW participants. Discussion and Conclusions: Distinct jurisdictional profiles were evident for people who tamper with pharmaceutical opioids, potentially reflecting jurisdictional differences in prescribing regulatory mechanisms and addiction treatment models [Peacock A, Bruno R, Cama E, Kihas I, Larance B, Lintzeris N, Hordern A, White N, Ali R, Degenhardt L. Jurisdictional differences in opioid use, other licit and illicit drug use, and harms associated with substance use among people who tamper with pharmaceutical opioids. Drug Alcohol Rev 2015;34:611–22]
Keywords: heroin; injecting drug use; non-adherence; pharmaceutical opioid; prescription drug misuse
Rights: © 2015 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
RMID: 0030031006
DOI: 10.1111/dar.12279
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1041742
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1073858
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