Opioid deaths spike

Three Australians die from opioid use every day and 150 are hospitalised because of the drugs, new research reveals.

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows more than three million Australians had an opioid prescription, while about 715,000 used pharmaceutical opioids for non-medical uses in 2016-17.

In the same period, 40,000 Australians were using heroin.

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