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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography. 


Dolan K, Mehrjerdi ZA (2015)

Medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence: a review of the evidence.

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence: a review of the evidence is an information kit which addresses a number of facts around opioid use, including the following:

  • the intravenous use of drugs such as heroin
  • drug dependence
  • opioid dependence
  • prescription opioid dependence
  • the cost of heroin use.

Opioids such as heroin are the third most commonly used illegal drugs in the world, after cannabis and amphetamine-type stimulants. The information kit addresses facts such as these, along with the fact that opioid addiction can be treated effectively through the effective use of medication and psychiatry.

This information kit includes two booklets. The first booklet provides a review of evidence of Medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence (MATOD), while the second booklet answers some of the most frequently asked questions about MATOD and addresses common misunderstandings.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Gisev N, Larney S, Kimber J, Burns L, Weatherburn D, Gibson A, Dobbins T, Mattick R, Butler T, Degenhardt L (2015)

Determining the impact of opioid substitution therapy upon mortality and recidivism among prisoners: a 22 year data linkage study.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Su J, Decolongon D, Sidaway P (2015)

The Northern Territory Needle Syringe Program Minimum Data Set: annual report 2014.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 22(2): 21-26


Degenhardt L, Larney S, Gisev N, Trevena J, Burns L, Kimber J, Shanahan M, Butler T, Mattick RP, Weatherburn D (2014)

Imprisonment of opioid-dependent people in New South Wales, Australia, 2000–2012: a retrospective linkage study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(2): 165–170


Alavi M, Grebely J, Micallef M, Dunlop AJ, Balcomb AC, Day CA, Treloar C, Bath N, Haber PS, Dore GJ, Enhancing Treatment for Hepatitis C in Opioid Substitution Settings (ETHOS) Study Group (2013)

Assessment and treatment of hepatitis c virus infection among people who inject drugs in the opioid substitution setting: ETHOS study.

Clinical Infectious Diseases; 57(Suppl 2): S62-S69

Indig D, Wodak AD, Richmond RL, Butler TG, Archer VA, Wihelm KA (2013)

Heroin use impairs smoking cessation among Australian prisoners.

BMC Public Health; 13: 1200

Retrieved 19 December 2013 from

Last updated: 28 September 2017
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