Journal article

Trends in morphine prescriptions, illicit morphine use and associated harms among regular injecting drug users in Australia

Louisa Degenhardt, Emma Black, Courtney Breen, Raimondo Bruno, Stuart Kinner, Amanda Roxburgh, Craig Fry, Rebecca Jenkinson, Jeff Ward, James Fetherston, Josephine Weekley, Jane Fischer

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

This paper examines population trends in morphine prescriptions in Australia, and contrasts them with findings from annual surveys with regular injecting drug users (IDU). Data on morphine prescriptions from 1995 to 2003 were obtained from the Drug Monitoring System (DRUMS) run by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Data collected from regular IDU as part of the Australian Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) were analysed (2001 - 2004). The rate of morphine prescription per person aged 15 - 54 years increased by 89% across Australia between 1995 and 2003 (from 46.3 to 85.9 mg per person). Almost half (46%) of IDU surveyed in 2004 reported illicit morphine use, with th..

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