AUSTRALIA: OTC Meds Abused By One Million!

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Prescription drugs misused by 1 million Australians in year, report shows

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report also finds ‘substantial rise’ in drug-induced deaths involving prescription drugs


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Oxycodone, morphine and codeine accounted for 550 drug-induced deaths in Australia in 2016, new analysis shows. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Australian Associated Press Tue 19 Dec ‘17 10.28 AEDT

One million Australians misused pharmaceuticals in the previous 12 months, a new report has found.

Analysis by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showed the misuse of powerful prescription medications for non-medical reasons was rising and accounted for more drug-induced deaths than illegal drugs.

“Over the past decade, there has been a substantial rise in the number of deaths involving a prescription drug, with drug-induced deaths more likely to be due to prescription drugs than illegal drugs,” said an institute spokesman, Matthew James.

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