People from different walks of life use painkillers for non-medical reasons, write Stephen Tomsen and Kev Dertadian.
Dependence on opiods, such as heroin, causes the greatest health burden of all the illicit drugs, a global analysis has found.
An increase in deaths from prescription painkillers is alarming, but the problem does not arise from one simple cause and a single intervention won't offer a solution, argues Louisa Degenhardt.
Once again, overdose deaths from opioids are increasing in Australia. And once again, we are in danger of ignoring effective, evidence-based interventions, argues Alex Wodak.
The latest data on the number of deaths in Australia from heroin and other opioid use shows a worrying upward trend, according to UNSW researchers.