‘Doctors need to take stock of these alarming figures’

WA psychiatrist Associate Professor Mathew Coleman is calling for specialist addiction services as the state takes top spot for heroin-related deaths
Associate Professor Mathew Coleman.

A prominent psychiatrist has called for more specialist help to support WA doctors in containing the state’s rising death toll from drug overdoses — now the worst in the country.

Latest figures show regional and rural WA has the highest rate of unintentional drug-induced deaths (9.3 per 100,000 people) in Australia, followed by the Perth metropolitan area.