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Recent increase in detection of alprazolam in Victorian heroin-related deaths.

Authors
  • Rintoul, Angela C
  • Dobbin, Malcolm D H
  • Nielsen, Suzanne
  • Degenhardt, Louisa
  • Drummer, Olaf H
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Medical Journal of Australia
Publisher
Australasian Medical Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd.
Publication Date
Mar 04, 2013
Volume
198
Issue
4
Pages
206–209
Identifiers
PMID: 23451965
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The increase in detection of alprazolam among cases of HRD, particularly since 2005, and the disproportionate increase in prescribing of the high-dose 2 mg formulation compared with other formulations suggest a need to examine alprazolam prescribing and to identify inappropriate prescribing and the circumstances of diversion from licit to illicit use.

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