Prescription drug dilemma

The abuse and misuse of prescription medication has been labelled a “national emergency” by the AMA, with professional groups calling for a concerted nation-wide campaign to confront the issue.

Dr Steve Wilson, AMA WA council of general practice chair, said while there was no denying the violence and subsequent criminal offences which result from methamphetamine addiction, prescription drug abuse is actually doing more harm.

"We need to start looking at not only illicit drugs but also prescription medications and the fact that people use these in