Elderly people pressured to sell prescription painkillers to cover funeral costs

Drug dealers are pressuring elderly patients into selling their prescription opioids, saying the money they get can be used to fund their funerals, it has emerged.

Dealers in Mildura in rural Victoria are loitering outside GP surgeries and pharmacies on the lookout for vulnerable older patients, according to the ABC.

“The dealers start with the charm and they start with trying to be friendly," says community pharmacist Eric Oguzkaya.

"Depending on how they go, they can start becoming threatening and asking for their medication if they are not willing to sell it straight up."