Prevalence

In Australia, less than 3% of the population misuses prescription opioids [32895]. While this figure may seem relatively low, there are concerns about the misuse of prescription opioids in rural and remote areas [32862].

It is difficult to find statistical information on the use of opioids by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. However, the National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD) collection provides some information for all Australians, based on a snapshot of two days from the previous year. This includes some data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are prescribed medicines to treat their opioid addictions more often than non-Indigenous people [34657]. About 10% of clients identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and were about three times more likely than non-Indigenous people to have received pharmacotherapy treatment.

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) by Sabrina Napangardi Granites

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