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Australia's Annual Overdose Report 2018

Sep 7, 2018

The Penington Institute has published the “Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2018”.  The report found that in 2016 there were a total of 2177 drug-related deaths in Australia.  This is a little under double the number of drug-related deaths which occurred in 2002 (1231 deaths).  The majority of the drug-related deaths in 2016 were considered accidental (1704). There were increases reported in regional areas, where the per capita rate of drug-related death was 8.1 per 100 000, compared with 6.6 per 100 000 in urban areas.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were significantly over-represented with the accidental death rate being 20.7 per 100 000, compared with 6.4 per 100 000 for non-Indigenous people.

Find out more and order a copy of the “Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2018” here.


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