Coroner calls for real-time drug monitoring

Renewed calls have been made for a national real-time prescription drug monitoring scheme to reduce the “alarming number” of prescription drug related overdoses.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) made the call for a real-time prescription drug database following the release of data revealing high rates of fatalities linked to prescription drugs.

Speaking at the International Medicine in Addiction Conference in Melbourne, Victorian Coroner Audrey Jamieson said prescription drugs were found to have

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