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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4491..


(4) No. As described in (3) the behaviour of the lights was caused by a fault.

Drugs-heroin overdoses

(Question No 1763)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 18 August 2004:

(1) What was the total number of heroin overdoses in the A.C.T. for each month in 2003-04;

(2) How do these figures compare to the figures for (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2001-02;

(3) Have there been any heroin overdoses recorded to date in 2004-05; if so, how many (a) have been recorded and (b) were fatal;

(4) How many of those overdoses in 2003-04 were fatal;

(5) How does the fatality figure for 2003-04 compare to the figures for (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2001-02.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) From July 1 2003 to June 30 2004 the Ambulance Service has attended the following possible narcotics overdoses:

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

29

22

27

20

22

21

14

15 1

21

23

22

17

1 Following further assessment of the data the number of narcotic overdoses for February 2004 has been amended from that previously reported.

Statistics can only be provided on the number of possible narcotic overdoses as opposed to the number of heroin overdoses reported.

(2) (a) From July 1 2002 to June 30 2003 the Ambulance Service has attended the following possible narcotics overdoses:

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

19

15

14

8

13

7

8

16

10

19

14

16

Statistics can only be provided on the number of possible narcotic overdoses as opposed to the number of heroin overdoses reported.

(b) From July 1 2001 to June 30 2002 the Ambulance Service has attended the following possible narcotics overdoses:

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

6

8

2

7

9

3

7

12

11

15

29

18

Statistics can only be provided on the number of possible narcotic overdoses as opposed to the number of heroin overdoses reported.


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