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Introducing Overdoselifesavers.org

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Introducing Overdoselifesavers.org

A new website presenting personal experiences of opioid overdose and the use
of take-home naloxone to save lives

Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the launch of
Overdoselifesavers.org, Australia's first
dedicated website presenting carefully researched personal stories of opioid
overdose and the use of take-home naloxone to save lives.

Developed from an ARC-funded
project, the site has two key
aims. First, it aims to support people affected by opioid overdose and
thinking about using take-home naloxone. Second, it aims to inform the public
about overdose and what can be done about it. Overall, it seeks to look beyond
the statistics and recognise that behind each death from overdose was a human
life that had its own story and remains connected to the lives and stories of
others.

They website sheds light on the stories of people affected by overdose, using
original audio, re-enacted video and text clips to present people's
experiences in their words. Importantly,
Overdoselifesavers.org aims to fill in the
many gaps in public discussion of overdose, to counter stigmatising
misconceptions, and to promote understanding and more effective community
responses.

We'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit
Overdoselifesavers.org and consider
completing our brief (three minute) feedback survey about your experiences.

If you have any questions about the website or the research underpinning it,
please feel free to contact me.

Best wishes,
Dr Adrian Farrugia on behalf of the research team:
Professor Suzanne Fraser (Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and
Society, La Trobe University/Centre for Social Research in Health, University
of New South Wales)
Dr Robyn Dwyer (Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe
University/National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University)
Professor Paul Dietze (Burnet Institute)
Professor Joanne Neale (King's College, London/Centre for Social Research in
Health, University of New South Wales)
Professor John Strang (King's College, London)


Dr Adrian Farrugia

Research Fellow

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

College of Science, Health and Engineering | La Trobe University | Bundoora
3086

T: +61 3 9479 5102 | E: a.farrugia@latrobe.edu.au | W:
www.latrobe.edu.au


Adjunct Research Fellow
National Drug Research Institute
Faculty Health Sciences | Curtin University
I acknowledge that I live and work on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the
Kulin nations and that sovereignty was never ceded. I pay my respect to their
elders past and present.
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