The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University has compiled a new guide for doctors on prescribing opioids. Photo: iStock.

New guide to address opioid prescription levels

In Australia, more than twice as many people die from pharmaceutical opioid overdose than from heroin overdose. Many doctors are becoming increasingly concerned about their patient’s […]

Alcohol-related absenteeism costs Australian businesses up to $2 billion a year, health authorities are also noticing rises in prescribed opioid addition and methamphetamine use. Photo: iStock

Boomer ‘risky’ drinking habits rise

More older Australians are drinking at “risky levels” as the Baby Boomer generation ages, Flinders researchers warn. The rise in problem drinking is coming up against […]

Codeine addiction in the spotlight

Along with over-the-counter opioid medicines, the use of prescription-only drugs such as oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine is on the rise. From 1 February 2018, codeine-containing medicines […]

Bongs, booze and baby boomers

Western countries are sitting on a timebomb of health and social issues arising from drug and alcohol overuse among baby boomers – the generation that won’t […]

Australia’s soaring $3bn hangover bill

The cost to Australia’s economy of alcohol and other drug related (AOD) absenteeism has soared from $1.2bn in 2001 to more than $3bn, according to Flinders analysis being published today.