Prevention and education

There are a variety of programs used to prevent the uptake of opioids. These include pharmacotherapy programs, withdrawal services, and medically supervised injecting centres. Another important means of prevention is reducing the supply of opioids in the community [23503]. This can be done by reducing the amount of opium poppies being grown, and by working with law enforcement to reduce the amount of opioids being brought into Australia from overseas.

However, because there are increasingly more issues with prescription opioids, it’s also important to increase regulations on the availability of prescription drugs [23503]. The Australian Government has tightened some of the regulations around these drugs, making drugs containing codeine a prescription-only medicine as of 1 February 2018 [34735].

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