Australia on brink of prescription painkiller epidemic, doctors say

Australia on brink of prescription painkiller epidemic, doctors say

Posted May 13, 2018 09:50:09 Photo: Tony now sources fentanyl on the black market for as little as $20. (ABC News: Mark Reddie) Tony is HIV positive and takes opioid medication, like fentanyl, for chronic pain relief. Opioid usage in Australia Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine It is …

Prescription abuse alerts spike, prompting urgent calls for national drug monitoring system

Prescription abuse alerts spike, prompting urgent calls for national drug monitoring system

Posted May 09, 2018 06:56:06 Australia’s peak doctors’ group has warned of the urgent need for real-time prescription monitoring to be introduced, as Federal Government data shows a spike in drug abuse alerts. The number of prescription drug abuse alerts in Australia rose by 26 per cent in 2017, with …

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 …

Hazelwood mine fire linked to spike in doctor visits and prescription medication use

Hazelwood mine fire linked to spike in doctor visits and prescription medication use

Posted April 10, 2018 14:32:50 Photo: Morwell was covered in smoke and ash during the mine fire. (ABC News: Kathy Lord) Related Story: Morwell residents seven times more likely to have heart attack since Hazelwood fire Related Story: Mine fire ‘likely’ contributed to an increase in deaths in Latrobe Valley …