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

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


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...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Drug and Alcohol Review
DOI: 10.1080/09595230600868504


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