AMA repeats calls for DORA national roll-out
The ABC reported that at least three people had died in three months from overdosing on fentanyl in NSW country towns.
The drug is indicated for chronic pain that does not respond to non-narcotic analgesics and is available as a patch for slow release.
However, the ABC reported that drug users were boiling the patches and using household chemicals to extract opiates to make a powerful solution for injection.
It said fentanyl was 100 times more powerful than morphine and stronger than other pharmaceutical opiates popular with drug users and doctor shoppers like oxycodone (OxyContin, Mundipharma).
It comes as the Commonwealth is understood to be continuing negotiations with states and territories about the roll out of a system for the Electronic Recording and Reporting of Controlled Drugs (ERRCD), following a successful trial in Tasmania.
In September last year, the health department told MO it was ready to provide the