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Opioid substitution treatment planning in a disaster context: Perspectives from emergency management and health professionals in Aotearoa/New Zealand

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posted on 11.03.2021, 09:01 by Denise Blake, Antonia Lyons
© 2016 by the authors. Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) is a harm reduction strategy enabling opiate consumers to avoid withdrawal symptoms and maintain health and wellbeing. Some research shows that within a disaster context service disruptions and infrastructure damage affect OST services, including problems with accessibility, dosing, and scripts. Currently little is known about planning for OST in the reduction and response phases of a disaster. This study aimed to identify the views of three professional groups working in Aotearoa/New Zealand about OST provision following a disaster. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 service workers, health professionals, and emergency managers in OST and disaster planning fields. Thematic analysis of transcripts identified three key themes, namely “health and wellbeing”, “developing an emergency management plan”, and “stock, dose verification, and scripts” which led to an overarching concept of “service continuity in OST preparedness planning”. Participants viewed service continuity as essential for reducing physical and psychological distress for OST clients, their families, and wider communities. Alcohol and drug and OST health professionals understood the specific needs of clients, while emergency managers discussed the need for sufficient preparedness planning to minimise harm. It is concluded that OST preparedness planning must be multidisciplinary, flexible, and inclusive.

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Blake, D. & Lyons, A. (2016). Opioid substitution treatment planning in a disaster context: Perspectives from emergency management and health professionals in Aotearoa/New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(11), 1122-1122. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13111122

Journal title

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

13

Issue

11

Publication date

01/11/2016

Pagination

1122-1122

Publisher

MDPI AG

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

10/11/2016

ISSN

1661-7827

eISSN

1660-4601

Article number

ARTN 1122

Language

en