Benzodiazepines implicated in a huge number of ambulance callouts

Benzodiazepines were responsible for significantly more ambulance callouts than heroin last year in Victoria, as revealed in a report by Turning Point. The “Ambo Project: Alcohol and Drug Related Ambulance Attendances” highlights the growing trend of prescription medicine misuse and overdose that is afflicting much of Australia.In comparison to illicit drugs such as crystal methamphetamine and heroin, the potential health risks associated with the misuse of benzodiazepines are not widely understood. Better awareness in preventing misuse and providing primary care providers with the best tools are important measures to address this increasing problem. The Turning Point report was a collaborative effort between Turning Point and Ambulance Victoria, funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. It encapsulates important data to help us better understand the impacts of drug-related ambulance cases and sheds light on important overdose statistics. The data was extracted from the electronic system used by Ambulance Victoria paramedics to record details of the emergency ambulance callouts that they attend. It is a combination of data from both metropolitan and regional Victoria. (ref) The report showed that alcohol was responsible for the highest number of ambulance callouts, with 12,482 ambulance callouts, an average of 45 patients a day. Benzodiazepines were implicated in the second highest number of ambulance callouts, with a total of 3,021. This is equivalent to 11 ambulance callouts per day and is higher than the number of cases related to heroin, cannabis and crystal meth. Other prescription medicines such as opioid analgesics, anti-psychotics and anti-depressants were also included in the top ten ambulance callouts, which highlights the potential risks of prescription medicines. (ref)...

Pin It on Pinterest

Optimization WordPress Plugins & Solutions by W3 EDGE