Accidental opioid-related deaths double

Prescription opioids are killing more middle-aged Australians than heroin with a substantial increase in the rate of accidental opioid-related overdoses in the past 10 years.

A report from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) reveals the rate of accidental opioid deaths has more than doubled among Australians aged 35 to 44 since 2007.