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Illicit drug overdose--prevalence and acute management.

@article{Li2013IllicitDO,
  title={Illicit drug overdose--prevalence and acute management.},
  author={Wenlong Li and Naren Gunja},
  journal={Australian family physician},
  year={2013},
  volume={42 7},
  pages={
          481-5
        }
}
BACKGROUND Illicit drug use is common in Australia, with nearly 40% of Australians having tried an illicit substance in their lifetime. While cannabis is by far the most prevalent substance used, heroin and other opiates contribute to over 90% of deaths associated with illicit drug use. OBJECTIVE This article describes the current epidemiology and harms related to illicit drug use, and outlines the principles in the management of acute overdose. DISCUSSION The acute management of a… 
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