Opiate suppliers are drug dealers, not GPs

Researchers, led by the University of Sydney’s Dr Suzanne Nielsen (PhD), interviewed 204 people attending private withdrawal, residential rehabilitation and opioid treatment facilities in Victoria, WA, Queensland and Tasmania.

In contrast, most benzodiazepine users reported a medical practitioner as their source of the drug in the 28 days before treatment entry.

While 72% cited doctors as their usual source of benzodiazepines, only 29% of opioid users cited prescription sources

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