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Australian drug deaths on the rise

October 4, 2012

Figures released today by the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre show that Australian drug deaths are on the rise, with the largest recorded increase among older Australians aged 45- 54.

Professor Michael Farrell, centre director, said “we need to keep a very close eye on trends among older Australians. The Australian population is ageing and they are increasingly likely to be prescribed opioids for pain. The risk of dependence needs to be well understood and promoted through health education activities. This age group is also most likely to be taking multiple prescription drugs.”

Other bullet points from the research include:

  • In 2008, the rate of accidental deaths in Australia due to opioids was 41.5 per million people compared with 30.4 per million in 2007
  • Victoria accounted for the highest proportion of deaths (34 per cent) followed by NSW (27per cent). Victoria also accounted for the highest rates of death (56.5 per million) followed by Western Australia (51.5 per million) and South Australia. Queensland has the lowest rates of death per million followed by NSW
  • Males accounted for 74 per cent of the opioid related deaths among 15 to 54 year olds

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