Ban drug reps from promoting opioids, coroner urges

And he wants real-time prescription monitoring implemented within two years

Regulators should consider banning drug reps from promoting opioids to doctors as part of a multi-pronged strategy to tackle misuse, a coroner has recommended.

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Presenting his findings after an inquest into a series of opioid deaths on the Gold Coast, Queensland coroner James McDougall also said real-time prescription monitoring must be implemented within two years, arguing that cost is “no longer credible” as an excuse for delaying action.

William House, Jodie Anne Smith, Vanessa Joan White and Daniel Keith Milne all died following overdoses between 2012