Opioid script restriction may hurt patients

Governments should resist any kneejerk crackdown on opioid prescribing, researchers say, despite an "extraordinary" surge in scripts in recent years.

Australia's $2 billion dollar-prescription opioid boom over two decades has been revealed in a study that demonstrated PBS dispensing of the drugs rose 15-fold between 1992 and 2012, with no sign of slowing.

With 7.5 million ‘dispensing episodes' a year, opioids now cost the Federal Government some