The government’s campaign against ice may be getting all the attention, but prescription drug abuse is actually killing more people, according to the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Prescription drug abuse bigger issue than ice
A report by Laura Gartry for ABC News quotes AMA WA council of general practice chair Dr Steve Wilson as saying that prescription drug abuse may be a quiet issue, but it’s a “bigger issue even than ice”.
Dr Wilson’s comments come as advocacy organisation ScriptWise, of which he is also the spokesman, launches a national awareness campaign about prescription drug abuse and its dangers.
According to ScriptWise, the death toll from prescription drug abuse in Australia is rising. There’s also that National Drug Strategy Household Survey report in 2013 that says the likelihood of West Australians misusing pharmaceuticals is higher than that of other Australian states or territories.
Prescription drug abuse is indeed a global problem. In the United States alone, 44 people die from overdose of prescription painkillers every day. If anything, the ScriptWise campaign to make people aware of the dangers of prescription drug abuse is a great idea, because many people just seem to be oblivious of them, and continue popping these pills like candy for any pain—real or imagined—that they feel.
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