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by Gill A

Book section
Year 2012
Book title Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work
City Sydney
Publisher University of Sydney
Page 139-158
Isbn 9781742102672 (hard copy) 9781742102689 (online)

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on opioids, including:

  • opioid use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • commonly used opioids
  • opioids' effects on the body
  • how to recognise harms from opioid use
  • how to recognise opioid dependence
  • how to recognise opioid withdrawal
  • how to assess a client who uses opioids
  • how to help a person who uses opioids
  • opioid overdose
  • reducing opioid-related harms if a client cannot will not quit
  • preventing opioid use.


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