Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence

Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
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ISSN: 2329-6488

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Griffiths P

Griffiths P


  • Research Article
    Illicit Fentanyl use in Rural Australia - An Exploratory Study
    Author(s): Allan J, Herridge N, Griffiths P, Fisher A, Clarke I and Campbell MAllan J, Herridge N, Griffiths P, Fisher A, Clarke I and Campbell M

    Introduction and Aims: Australia has seen an increase in the non-medical use of fentanyl transdermal patches (FTP) and associated deaths, with an over-representation of deaths in rural areas. Non-medical use of FTP involves high risk preparation and administration methods. However, no rural Australian drug user-focused research has been published to date. Frontline workers are without up-to-date harm reduction information. This study aimed to explore the perceptions and experiences of individuals using FTP for non-medical purposes. Design and method: Interviews were conducted with adult participants (n=12) who had injected FTP twice or more and resided in regional/rural NSW or Victoria. The thematic data analysis identified key points around participant’s harm reduction practices, perceptions and experiences with using FTP. Results: Fentanyl was easily obtained in rural location.. View More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000196

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