Six doctors a year die from drug overdoses

RESEARCH BRIEF

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

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