A Qualitative Study of Non-Fatal Overdose among Opiate Users in South Wales, UK

Katharine Holloway, Rhian Hills

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This paper presents the findings of a qualitative study investigating the direct and indirect experiences of non-fatal overdose among a sample of opiate users in South Wales, UK. To date, research on non-fatal overdose has focused on quantitative methods with few studies investigating overdose events from a qualitative perspective. This study aimed to fill this gap in knowledge through in-depth interviews with a sample of drug users recruited from drug treatment agencies and prisons in South Wales. The research builds upon the findings of a large-scale national quantitative survey of injecting opiate users across Wales in which a small number of qualitative interviews were also undertaken. The principal objectives of the research were to understand (a) what precipitates an overdose, (b) how overdose events unfold, (c) how people respond during the course of such events, and (d) the short and long-term impact of such events on users and witnesses. The paper will discuss the results and consider the implications of the findings for policy, practice and future research.

Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 18 Tach 2015
DigwyddiadAmerican Society of Criminology Conference 2015 - Washington D.C., Yr Unol Daleithiau
Hyd: 18 Tach 201521 Tach 2015


CynhadleddAmerican Society of Criminology Conference 2015
Gwlad/TiriogaethYr Unol Daleithiau
DinasWashington D.C.

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