Who is at risk from opioid scripts?

A recent study of fatalities among people taking oxycodone reported that those at highest risk were men aged 35–44 years with mental illness and taking oxycodone for pain with other medicines that cause respiratory depression (e.g. benzodiazepines, other opioids).1

A surprising finding was that around 40% of cases were people with legitimate prescriptions taken as prescribed.1 People with a prescription opioid problem are more likely to have started taking an opioid legitimately prescribed for pain1, 2 and are less