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Public Health England. (2017) Non-fatal overdose among people who inject drugs in England: 2017 report. London: Public Health England. Health Protection Report, 11 (39) 8 p.

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The unlinked anonymous monitoring (UAM) survey of people who inject drugs (PWID) is an annual survey with the aim to measure the level of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in this population. The survey also monitors the levels of risk and protective behaviours among PWID. The survey recruits people who inject drugs that are in contact with a sample of specialist drug services (such as needle and syringe programmes and addiction treatment centres) throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

In response to the rising numbers of drug overdose deaths both globally and in the UK, the survey has included questions on non-fatal overdose and naloxone (opioid overdose antidote) administration since 2013. A first summary report on the data generated by these questions is published here.

 

Overdose poses a significant risk among people who inject drugs (PWID) and is a major cause of mortality. There has been a notable rise globally in overdose deaths, with the US reporting a tripling from 1999-2017, alongside significant increases in Australia and Canada. Whilst the UK has a lower rate of overdose deaths than the US, it is higher than the rest of Europe, and there have been similar increasing trends in overdose deaths in recent years. Considerable investigation and response into the extent of these trends has occurred, however there is limited data available for non-fatal overdose in the UK. To address this, the Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring (UAM) Survey included questions on overdose and naloxone use in 2013. This report presents the data from 2013-2016 on self-reported non-fatal overdose among PWID.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Public Health England
Date:November 2017
Pages:8 p.
Publisher:Public Health England
Corporate Creators:Public Health England
Place of Publication:London
Volume:11
Number:39
Notes:Data from the Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring Survey of HIV and Hepatitis in People Who Inject Drugs.
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Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Drug use > Drug intoxication > Poisoning (overdose)
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > HIV
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis B
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis C
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > HIV prevention
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England

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