Thu. 4 Feb 2021, 5:15 pm

New research regarding effectiveness of changes to opioid drug policy

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A recent paper published by Ben O'Mara in the academic journal 'Evidence Base' detailed a systematic review of 21 peer-reviewed studies and grey literature focussing on the evidence regarding changes to drug policy, regulation and/or legislation for reducing increasing rates of dependency, overdose and other harms associated with prescription and over-the-counter opioid drugs in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, including for medicinal use.

Whilst the evidence base was shown to be limited, and overall showed no major impacts in reducing harms and supporting medicinal use, studies of changes focused on increasing access to naloxone suggested the most promising evidence of effectiveness.

Read the full paper here.

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