Report on cost of opioid use in Australia

The National Drug Research Institute has estimated that, over the course of a year, ‘extra opioid use’ in Australia caused 2,200 deaths, 32,000 hospital admissions and cost A$15.7bn (approx. $10.3bn). The report included opioids, such as heroin, alongside prescription painkillers where they were used outside, or in excess of, medical prescribing, and estimated that 645,000 people used ‘extra opioids’ in the past year.