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More Aussies Are Dying From Prescription Pills Than Illegal Drugs

New research

More Aussies Are Dying From Prescription Pills Than Illegal Drugs

New research has shown that more Australians are dying from prescription drugs than illegal drugs.

In 2016, there were nearly 2,000 deaths due to prescription pills according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

This shows a 168 per cent increase in the last decade alone.

“In 2016 there were 1,808 drug-induced deaths in Australia with benzodiazepines the most common single drug type, identified in 663 drug-induced deaths,” AIHW spokesperson Matthew James said.

“This is followed by 550 deaths from other opioids (including prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, morphine, and codeine).”

The report also states that in the last year, one million Australians over the age of 14 had misused a pharmaceutical drug.

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