'Fossil-farming' of opioids a furphy: study

Claims that patients are selling their prescription opioids to illegal drug users have been unmasked as a media beat-up by Australian research presented at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Annual Symposium in Sydney on Monday.

People with non-cancer chronic pain were highly unlikely to part with their opioid prescriptions, according to a study of 1500 adults from across Australia.

Only 4% had ever sold, traded or given away their opioid medication — a practice