Year: 2000 Source: Drug and Alcohol Review, v.19, no.2, (June 2000), p.213-216 SIEC No: 20011601

The frequency of accidental or deliberate overdose was investigated among 200 opiate addicts in methadone substitution treatment in clinics in Edinburgh & south London. 103 participants reported a mean of 3.4 overdoses, with 27 reporting deliberate intent. Those whose overdose was deliberate were more likely to have been prescribed diazepam at that time & were more depressed at the time of interview. Differentiation by self-reported reason for overdose suggests that treatment providers should distinguish between accidental & deliberate overdose in developing overdose prevention strategies. (17 refs.)