Date PostedMay 31, 2013

Alcohol tops the list for call-outs of Ambulances in Vic

For Victorian emergency personnel the most common cause of call-outs for them is alcohol induced incidents.

According to a report into Vic ambulance call outs drugs and alcohol are the greatest cause for emergency treatment. Drugs in particular are becoming an increasingly serious problem but alcohol still tops the list. A drug called “ice” has been singled out as a particularly problematic problem in the state with the number of users increasing at a rapid rate.

This article on Abc.net.au explains more:

2218024-3x2-340x227A report into Victorian ambulance call outs for drug-related incidents shows there has been a huge increase in the number of people needing medical attention after using crystal methamphetamine, known as ice.

The report by the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and Ambulance Victoria found there were 592 call outs for people using ice in 2011-2012, compared to 282 the previous year.

That is a rise of almost 110 per cent.

The organisation’s Belinda Lloyd says the drug has the potential to have severe mental and physical effects on users.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-14/27ice27-users-on-the-rise2c-but-alcohol-tops-the-list-for-ca/4689644?section=vic

The article goes on to explain that the 592 call outs related to a range of health issues experienced by ice users, including people who had overdosed or been suffering with mental health side effects such as psychosis.

Victims of violence are also among the ambulance call-outs caused by drugs and alcohol.

Others were as a result of motorists who were drug driving or people injured as a result of road crashes caused by drugged drivers. This is an increase from 2009/2010 when there were 136 cases as compared with the 592 in 2011-2012.

In Melbourne in particularly, alcohol related call-outs remain the most common type.

The post goes on to explain:

Dr Lloyd says it is a worrying trend.

She says the 2009/2010 figures showed only 136 cases.

The report also shows that alcohol continues to top the list of most drug-related call outs in Melbourne.

There was a 27 per cent increase in 2011/2012, compared to the previous year.

“Society’s seeming acceptance of alcohol consumption has to stop,” she said.

The report shows for regional Victoria, Greater Geelong had the highest number of alcohol-related ambulance attendances.

But she said there were some encouraging figures.

Ambulance attendances in Melbourne for anti-depressants was down 12.8 per cent, antipsychotics down 8.5 per cent and anticonvulsants down almost 10 per cent.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-14/27ice27-users-on-the-rise2c-but-alcohol-tops-the-list-for-ca/4689644?section=vic

In addition to taking up the time of emergency personnel who could rather be saving a life elsewhere, people who drink and drive may not be lucky enough to escape with their lives and may even take innocent lives with them.

Although there is no absolute safe level of alcohol consumption for competent driving, Australia’s strict laws about drinking alcohol and driving allow the legal limit of 0.05 BAC.

BAC is a measurement of the amount of alcohol in your body, expressed as grams of alcohol per 100ml of blood. For fully licensed car drivers the legal limit of 0.05 BAC means 0.05gm alcohol per 100ml of blood.

 

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