According to a recent Drug Trends report, Opioid, amphetamine and cocaine-induced deaths in Australia: August 2018, 1,045 Australians aged 15-64 died of an opioid overdose in 2016 and the majority of these deaths (76%) were attributable to pharmaceutical opioids.
Program Lead for Drug Trends, Dr Amy Peacock discussed these findings on ABC Radio’s AM. The full interview is available online now.
Dr Peacock will be reporting on the 2018 results of the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) and Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) at the NDARC Annual Symposium on Monday, 8 October 2018.
Also reporting on Drug Trends’ 2018 findings at the event:
- Ms Rachel Sutherland will present Availability and use of new and emerging psychoactive substances
- Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno will present Trends in Fentanyl availability, use and harms
Register for the NDARC Annual Symposium to hear the latest trends in drug use and harms in Australia in 2018. Early bird discounted rates are available until Friday, 14 September 2018.
The full program for the 2018 NDARC Annual Symposium is available here.
The full Drug Trends bulletin, Opioid, amphetamine, and cocaine-induced deaths in Australia: August 2018, and an accompanying online interactive data visualisation tool are available here.