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PRE­SCRIP­TION DRUGS

A re­cent ABC pro­gram re­vealed that there were 800 deaths since 2014 due to pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion.

Ex­am­ples given are from opi­oids and Oxy­con­tin used as pain re­lief in over­dose quan­ti­ties. Th­ese drugs ap­pear to be more dan­ger­ous than guns and mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

As a con­se­quence of fa­tal pre­scrip­tion drug fa­tal­i­ties, the gov­ern­ment should be look­ing at an opi­oid hand back rather than a gun amnesty, which is soon to take place.

The me­dia’s hype over guns isn’t war­ranted when we com­pare gun deaths to deaths from pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion.

How­ever, I ven­ture noth­ing will be done about opi­oid deaths as large phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal cor­po­ra­tions are mak­ing huge prof­its from the man­u­fac­ture of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions and the re­sult­ing tax­a­tion that flows to gov­ern­ment cof­fers. Jay Nauss Glen Aplin, Qld

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