The drug crisis in Australia: three people die of opioids DAILY numbers doubled in the past 10 years
Three people die and 150 are admitted to hospital every day with the help of opioids in Australia, new research has been revealed.
An incredible 3.1 million Australians had a prescription for opioids, while about 715,000 used painkillers for non-medical purposes between 2016 and 2017.
About 40,000 Australians used heroin in the same period, according to a report from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare.
Opioids are a class of medicines that contain illegal substances such as heroin and fentanyl, as well as legal prescription pain relief, such as codeine and morphine.
New research has marked the growing drug crisis in Australia with the shocking statistics that three people die of opioid use every day
The number of deaths from opioid use peaked at 1,245 in 1999 before falling sharply to 439 in 2006.
Since then, the numbers have gradually crept up.
The number of opioid-related deaths has more than doubled in the 10 years to 2016-2017, with a total of 1,119.
The number of deaths from opioid use peaked at 1,245 in 1999 before falling sharply to 439 in 2006, but since then the numbers have steadily increased
The vast majority of deaths in 2016 – 83 percent – was more likely than suicidal.
& # 39; Of the 158,504 deaths from all causes in 2016, mortality rates for opioids accounted for 0.7 percent, "the report said.
"People who died from opioids were much younger – the median age at death for opioid deaths was 38 compared with 81 years for all deaths."
The report also showed that legally prescribed opioids – oxycodone, codeine and morphine – were the cause of many more deaths than heroin.
In 2016, the vast majority of these deaths – 83 percent – were more likely than suicidal
It concluded that the use of opioids and the associated damage is a matter of major public health interests, both within Australia and internationally. & # 39;
It added that & # 39; there are already several initiatives or are being developed to reduce the opioid damage in Australia, involving both governmental and non-governmental organizations & # 39 ;.
The report & # 39; Opioid damage in Australia & # 39; also examined and compared the same data in Canada and was compiled by members of the Population Health Unit of the AIHW and the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Between 2016 and 2017, 3.1 million Australians had a prescription for opioids, about 715,000 used painkillers for non-medical purposes and 40,000 used heroin