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Introducing Overdoselifesavers.org

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<br>Introducing Overdoselifesavers.org
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<br>A new website presenting personal experiences of opioid overdose and the use
<br>of take-home naloxone to save lives
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<br>Dear colleagues,
<br>
<br>We are very pleased to announce the launch of
<br>Overdoselifesavers.org, Australia's first
<br>dedicated website presenting carefully researched personal stories of opioid
<br>overdose and the use of take-home naloxone to save lives.
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<br>Developed from an ARC-funded
<br>project, the site has two key
<br>aims. First, it aims to support people affected by opioid overdose and
<br>thinking about using take-home naloxone. Second, it aims to inform the public
<br>about overdose and what can be done about it. Overall, it seeks to look beyond
<br>the statistics and recognise that behind each death from overdose was a human
<br>life that had its own story and remains connected to the lives and stories of
<br>others.
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<br>They website sheds light on the stories of people affected by overdose, using
<br>original audio, re-enacted video and text clips to present people's
<br>experiences in their words. Importantly,
<br>Overdoselifesavers.org aims to fill in the
<br>many gaps in public discussion of overdose, to counter stigmatising
<br>misconceptions, and to promote understanding and more effective community
<br>responses.
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<br>We'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit
<br>Overdoselifesavers.org and consider
<br>completing our brief (three minute) feedback survey about your experiences.
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<br>If you have any questions about the website or the research underpinning it,
<br>please feel free to contact me.
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<br>Best wishes,
<br>Dr Adrian Farrugia on behalf of the research team:
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<br>Professor Suzanne Fraser (Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and
<br>Society, La Trobe University/Centre for Social Research in Health, University
<br>of New South Wales)
<br>Dr Robyn Dwyer (Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe
<br>University/National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University)
<br>Professor Paul Dietze (Burnet Institute)
<br>Professor Joanne Neale (King's College, London/Centre for Social Research in
<br>Health, University of New South Wales)
<br>Professor John Strang (King's College, London)
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<br>Dr Adrian Farrugia
<br>
<br>Research Fellow
<br>
<br>Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
<br>
<br>College of Science, Health and Engineering | La Trobe University | Bundoora
<br>3086
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<br>T: +61 3 9479 5102 | E:
<br>a.farrugia@latrobe.edu.au | W:
<br>www.latrobe.edu.au
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<br>
<br>Adjunct Research Fellow
<br>National Drug Research Institute
<br>Faculty Health Sciences | Curtin University
<br>I acknowledge that I live and work on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the
<br>Kulin nations and that sovereignty was never ceded. I pay my respect to their
<br>elders past and present.
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