Highest number of drug induced deaths in Australia in 20 years

May 2018
According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report, Drug Induced Deaths in Australia: A changing story there were 1,808 drug induced deaths registered in 2016. This is the highest number of drug deaths in twenty years, and is similar to the number recorded in the late 1990s, when the so-called ‘heroin epidemic’ was at its peak. Younger Australians (under 35 years of age) have lower rates of drug induced death when compared to 1999, while those aged 45 and over generally have higher rates. Deaths from illicit substances like heroin and methamphetamines are more likely to occur among younger age groups, while deaths from benzodiazepines and prescription opiates tend to occur among older people.

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