Paul M Dietze

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This study compared the effects of three doses of cannabis and alcohol (placebo, low and high doses), both alone and in combination, on the driving performance of young, novice drivers and more experienced drivers. Alcohol was administered as ethanol (95%) mixed with orange juice in doses of approximately 0, 0.4 and 0.6g/kg. Cannabis was administered by(More)
AIMS Traditionally, the opiate antagonist naloxone has been administered parenterally; however, intranasal (i.n.) administration has the potential to reduce the risk of needlestick injury. This is important when working with populations known to have a high prevalence of blood-borne viruses. Preliminary research suggests that i.n. administration might be(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effectiveness of intranasal (IN) naloxone compared with intramuscular (IM) naloxone for treatment of respiratory depression due to suspected opiate overdose in the prehospital setting. DESIGN Prospective, randomised, unblinded trial of either 2 mg naloxone injected intramuscularly or 2 mg naloxone delivered intranasally with a(More)
Multiple factors affect injecting drug-related mortality, many of which will vary over time and between jurisdictions. There are relatively few studies of mortality among injecting drug users (IDU) in Australia. We aimed to provide data comparable to those reported internationally on the rate of mortality among IDU in Australia. We retrospectively examined(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine self-reported patterns of alcohol consumption and experience of alcohol-related harms among professional Australian Football League (AFL) players. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Cross-sectional survey of player alcohol consumption and self-reported alcohol-related harms among members of all 16 professional AFL clubs. Data relating(More)
AIMS To examine the self-reported personal wellbeing of a sample of Australian injecting drug users (IDU) using a standardized instrument and determine the key correlates of variations in self-reported personal wellbeing. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Cross-sectional survey of 881 Australian IDU. MEASUREMENTS Self-reported personal wellbeing(More)
While methadone is currently the primary pharmacotherapy used in the treatment of heroin dependence in Australia, levo-alpha-acetyl-methodol (LAAM) and buprenorphine are new pharmacotherapies that are being examined as alternatives to methadone maintenance treatment. The aim of this research is to consider the effects of the methadone, buprenorphine and(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the nature and extent of ambulance attendances involving gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and to compare these with heroin-related attendances in Melbourne, Victoria. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of a database of ambulance service records on attendances at non-fatal drug overdoses, March 2001-October 2005. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING(More)
BACKGROUND The 10-item Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-10) is commonly used to monitor harmful alcohol consumption among high-risk groups, including young people. However, time and space constraints have generated interest for shortened versions. Commonly used variations are the AUDIT-C (three questions) and the Fast Alcohol Screening Test(More)
AIMS To examine the effects of a series of injecting drug users' (IDU) characteristics and drug use behaviours upon the self-reported oral health of a sample of IDU. DESIGN Cross-sectional survey. SETTING Melbourne, Australia. PARTICIPANTS A total of 285 IDU recruited through needle and syringe programmes, snowballing and outreach across six sites. (More)