Prescription and OTC abuse problem growing

The misuse of medical substances has led to a new, hidden population of people dependent on prescribed or over-the-counter drugs in Australia, a medical researcher believes.

In an article in Australian Prescriber, Dr Malcolm Dobbin from Monash University said that the number of psychoactive drugs and formulations available in Australia has increased substantially in recent years, placing individuals at further risk of dependence.

Dr Dobbin noted that people taking larger amounts of prescription