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The impact of illicit drug supply reduction on health and social outcomes: the heroin shortage in the Australian Capital Territory

Smithson, Michael; McFadden, Michael; Mwesigye, Sue-Ellen; Casey, Tony


Aims: We seek to establish whether a substantial decline in the supply of heroin, as measured by indicators such as drug purity, is related to changes in drug-related health indicators such as ambulance callouts to heroin overdoses and numbers participating in methadone treatment programmes, and to changes in levels of property crime. The guiding hypothesis is that reduced supply will result in positive health and social outcomes. Design: Standard time-series methods are employed to analyse...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Addiction
DOI: 10.1046/j.1360-0443.2003.00603.x


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