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|Title:||The fentanyls: a 'future threat' for Australia?|
|Authors:||Scamvougeras, Anton;Greene, Shaun L;Norman, Amanda;Bonomo, Yvonne;Castle, David J|
|Affiliation:||The University of British Columbia, Canada|
St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Australia
The University of Melbourne, Australia
Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
|Citation:||Australasian Psychiatry 2020; online first: 11 May|
|Abstract:||The fentanyls have emerged as a significant public health threat in North America but much less so in Australia. We sought to identify reasons for this discrepancy and highlight harm reduction approaches that may mitigate a future Australian fentanyl epidemic. Differences in drug use 'culture' and a supply of cheap high-quality methamphetamine in Australia may be reasons for the observed difference in fentanyl-related harm. More worryingly, it is possible that Australia is following North American trends and that the fentanyl epidemic is still to come.|
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