Three deaths a day from prescription drugs: Australian Medicine

22 Sep 2016

Australian Medicine this week reports that health bodies have called on the Government to establish a mandatory, national, real-time prescription monitoring (RTPM) system, as new figures show nearly three Australians die every day from prescription drugs.

The article states that prescriptions for opioid painkillers (Schedule 8 medications) have risen dramatically, with oxycodone now the seventh most prescribed drug in general practice. Not-for-profit group ScriptWise says that harms linked to prescription drug misuse are rising in tandem with increased prescription availability and now is the time for the Commonwealth to take action to curb doctor shopping and help save some of the 800 lives lost every year.

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