Medicines

Legit scripts driving oxycodone deaths

Thursday, 4 Dec 2014


Patients with legitimate prescriptions for pain relief are driving the big rise in oxycodone-related deaths Melbourne researchers say. Deaths linked to the prescription-only opioid have risen almost seven-fold over a decade, with a 562% increase in oxycodone supply across Australia. Doctor shoppers had been merely a red-herring, the researchers from Monash said.

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