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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 29 November 2018) . . 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:

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

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

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

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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