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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 29 November 2018) . . Page.. 5244 ..


many instances it would need to be recorded as suspected use, and would rely on the patient being prepared to provide the information. The drug groups specified in the question are also not mutually exclusive – that is, one patient may be included in several parts of the requested information. This means that adding up the number for each drug group specified would not correlate with the number of patients involved.


Canberra—overdose statistics(Question No 1902)

Mrs Dunne asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 26 October 2018:

How many people died in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, (d) 2017 and (e) 2018 (to the date on which this question was published in the Questions on Notice Paper) in relation to (i) alcohol abuse, (ii) an overdose of oxycodone or other pharmaceutical opioids, (iii) an overdose of benzodiazepines, (iv) heroin overdose, (v) methyl amphetamine or ice overdose, (vi) cocaine overdose, (vii) an overdose of MDMA or ecstasy, (viii) an overdose of fentanyl and (ix) an overdose of cannabis or cannabinoids.

Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

I have obtained data from the National Coronial Information System (NCIS) through the ACT Chief Magistrate that answers the member’s questions.

The following table shows the number of deaths as recorded by NCIS, where the listed drug, either alone or with other drugs, was the primary cause of death.

Number of deaths

(a) 2014

(b) 2015

(c) 2016

(d) 2017

(e) 2018

(i)

Involving alcohol

8

6

9

12

6

(ii)

Overdose – involving other Opioids

15

6

18

10

10

(iii)

Overdose – involving Benzodiazepines

11

3

12

12

9

(iv)

Overdose – involving Amphetamines

5

10

4

6

(v)

Overdose – involving Heroin

16

5

1

2

3

(vi)

Overdose – involving Fentanyl

1

1

2

(vii)

Overdose – involving MDMA or ecstasy (Included in iv above)

(viii)

Overdose – involving Cocaine

1

1

1

(ix)

Overdose – involving Cannabis

2

2

8

5

2


Mental health—functions(Question No 1903)

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


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