Warning on patients selling opioids

Dr Philip Crowley, an addiction medicine specialist based in Adelaide, said a pensioner who was prescribed opioid medication for chronic pain that costs about $5.60 for 20 tablets could then turn around and sell one tablet for $80.

He said prescriptions for opioid pain relief were increasing steadily.

“There are three main problems: you get increased amounts of addiction, changes in the brain just like heroin, and a diversion to the drug market,” he said.

“Ideally we need better monitoring of