Variable drug quality and potency of illicit street drugs can contribute to overdose mortality and morbidity.
Health service providers communicate drug alerts when there is evidence to suggest an adulterated drug or drug of elevated potency is in circulation.
In Spring 2014, we undertook a study to explore:
- The perceptions and belief systems of people who use drugs regarding adulterated drugs
- How people who use drugs feel alerts can be better communicated to meet their needs.
Following an extensive literature review, a number of interviews and focus groups were conducted with health service providers people who use drugs. The findings of the study and recommendations are presented below.