GPs not a public safety risk after opioid death

Patient was not identified as a drug-seeker by the national doctor-shopper hotline, coroner told

Two GPs who prescribed almost 300 oxycodone capsules and tablets to an opioid-addicted patient in the month before his death have been cleared by an ACT coroner, who had to decide if their actions put the public at risk.

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In the latest case to prompt coronial calls for a national real-time monitoring system, chief coroner Lorraine Walker found that 43-year-old Jay Paterson was able to bluff the NSW-based GPs, who believed his severe pain warranted the scripts.

Mr Paterson was able to convince his primary GP he needed a new script because his medications had been

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