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Heroin overdoses and duty of care



This paper presents results from a national survey of Australians which canvassed reporting behaviours of witnesses to heroin overdoses and why some of those overdoses were not reported to ambulance or other medical professionals for assistance. The authors describe the legal consequences of not calling for medical assistance and then consider policy implications.

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Williams P & Urbas G. 2001. Heroin overdoses and duty of care. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 188. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi188