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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
Issue Date: 11-May-2020
EDate: 2020-05-11
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.
DOI: 10.1177/1039856220917074
ORCID: 0000-0002-7423-2467
PubMed URL: 32392081
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: addiction
drug policy
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