Pain relief link to oxycodone deaths

A massive rise in oxycodone-related deaths is being driven by patients with legitimate prescriptions for pain relief, not abusers chasing a “high”, a national study shows.  

Doctor-shoppers and 'fossil farmers (pensioners who sell their medications to addicts) had been red herrings that distracted from the dangers of “misprescribing” among non-cancer oxycodone patients, Monash University researchers suggested.