Restricting access to opioids could drive pain sufferers to buy harder drugs on the black market, experts warn

Australia has been warned that moves to restrict access to addictive opioid painkillers could drive pain sufferers to illegal markets or even stronger substances, if people are not able to access affordable, effective…

  • Mary Lloyd
  • ABC

The Federal Government says it has written to 4,800 doctors to let them know they could be prescribing too many doses of addictive painkillers, as it seeks to avoid an opioid crisis like that seen currently in the…

Leax 1aHealth Minister Greg Hunt said the letter was intended to let the top 20 per cent of prescribers know where they sit, in the hope they will moderate or regulate their own…

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