Middle-age men at highest risk of overdosing

Middle-aged men - not young homeless heroin users - are at most risk of dying of a drug overdose in Australia, according to a new report.

In 2014, people aged 30-59 accounted for 78% of all overdose deaths.

Australia's Annual Overdose Report 2016 - released by the Penington Institute - challenges the stereotype that it's the young who are most at risk of dying of overdose, says the institute's chief executive, John Ryan.

Australians aged 40-49 are the most likely to die of a drug overdose. Deaths in this age group have almost doubled from 174 deaths in 2004