Pharmaceutical drug misuse in Australia

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The pattern of substance misuse changes over time as the types and availability of illicit and pharmaceutical drugs change. The number of psychoactive drugs and formulations available in Australia has increased substantially in recent years. Increasing exposure puts individuals at risk of dependence and may escalate use and harm, especially for the more vulnerable such as those with a history of mental health problems or substance abuse disorder. A new, hidden population dependent on prescribed or over-the-counter medicines is emerging. The National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse: Framework for Action has been developed and includes a system to coordinate the safe supply of pharmaceutical drugs subject to misuse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79 - 81
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Prescriber
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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