Six doctors a year die from drug overdoses
ABOUT six doctors a year die from a drug overdose, according to a review of Australian coronial statistics.
In an 11-year period, researchers found 404 drug-caused deaths among health professionals, about half of which were classified as intentional self-harm.
Most cases were nurses (63%) and 18% were doctors. Veterinarians had the highest mortality rate.
The most prevalent drugs were antidepressants/anti-psychotics, benzodiazepines and opioids, but anaesthetics were common among medical practitioners, and alcohol and