Queensland needs real-time prescription monitoring ‘urgently’, coroner says, amid opioid deaths

Queensland needs real-time prescription monitoring ‘urgently’, coroner says, amid opioid deaths

Updated May 21, 2018 16:30:33 A prescription monitoring system to prevent “doctor shopping” in Queensland is needed urgently within the next two years, rather than the state waiting for a national scheme to come online, an inquest into four opioid deaths has found. Coroner James McDougall examined the deaths of …

Sydney opioid deaths spark concern over rising prescription drug overdoses

Sydney opioid deaths spark concern over rising prescription drug overdoses

Posted May 07, 2018 14:05:11 Overdose deaths from prescription opioids are at record levels in Australia, a Sydney inquest investigating the deaths of six people has heard. The woman and five men — who cannot be identified — died in their homes or in hotels in May 2016. One person …

Tramadol abuse addiction sweeping Egypt as part of the world’s growing opioid crisis

Tramadol abuse addiction sweeping Egypt as part of the world’s growing opioid crisis

By freelance correspondent Walt Curnow Posted May 05, 2018 05:00:00 Photo: Kerim was accused of drug dealing last year, pictured here in his house in Old Cairo. (ABC News: Hamada Elrasam) Related Story: Every Tuesday is execution day in Egypt Related Story: Egypt’s women fight harassment on the street and …

Tasmania continues to have Australia’s worst smoking habit, legal opioid consumption

Tasmania continues to have Australia’s worst smoking habit, legal opioid consumption

By Erin Cooper Updated April 05, 2018 11:58:32 Tasmania’s tobacco use remains the highest in the country, figures from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program show. The latest report revealed Tasmania still leads the nation in smoking, following nicotine usage rates that exceeded the national average in the previous two. …