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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5238 ..


(1) Calvary Public Overdose Admissions by Specified Category Admitted Overdoses by specified Category Year Category (a)

2014 (b)

2015 (c)

2016 (d)

2017 (e)

to 31/10 2018

Total (i) alcohol abuse 51 55 49 44 22 221 (ii) an overdose of oxycodone or other pharmaceutical opioids 49 45 51 47 29 221 (iii) an overdose of benzodiazepines 59 41 37 34 34 205 (iv) heroin overdose 4 10 8 11 5 38 (v) methyl amphetamine or ice overdose 2 4 8 3 2 19 (vi) cocaine overdose 2 5 2 2 3 14 (vii) an overdose of MDMA or ecstasy 5 0 4 2 2 13 (viii) an overdose of fentanyl 10 9 5 9 5 38 (ix) an overdose of cannabis or cannabinoids 1 1 2 3 9 16 Total 183 170 166 155 111 785 Unique Admissions 129 124 124 127 93 597 Note: Unique Admissions represents the count of distinct inpatient admissions. These patients may have taken one or more of the listed substances.

About the data:

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This data uses ICD-10-AM disease coding to identify patients admitted following 'overdose' of the various specified substances.

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This data does not include patients presenting to the Emergency Department who were not subsequently admitted to Calvary.

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If a patient ingested more than one substance, the patient has been counted against each specified category.

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The summary includes all patients who overdosed on the specified substance regardless of whether their intent was accidental, intentional or undermined but excludes those patients who suffered the adverse effects of a substance in therapeutic use.

(2) There were four inpatient deaths due to overdose in the above categories during the sample period. Due to the small sample size and privacy legislation, this data has been suppressed in order to prevent potential re-identification of individuals.

ACT Health—policy documents (Question No 1898)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 26 October 2018:

(1) What is the title of any ACT Health (a) strategy and (b) policy document that is still in operation one year or more after expiry of the period the document covered.

(2) Which of the documents identified in the response to part (1) are currently under review.


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