Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

HEALTH ex­perts have warned res­i­dents to re­main vig­i­lant around friends and fam­ily as pre­scrip­tion drug abuse grows in Aus­tralia. WA drug and al­co­hol coun­selling and sup­port ser­vice provider Holyoake chief ex­ec­u­tive Angie Paske­vi­cius said an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple were ap­proach­ing the Vic­to­ria Park-based provider for guid­ance on the is­sue. “We are con­cerned about the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity mis­us­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs and we’re wor­ried be­cause the loved ones of th­ese peo­ple don’t of­ten think there’s any help,” she said. “We are keen for peo­ple to re­alise there is help out there.” Ms Paske­vi­cius said re­search sug­gested painkillers were the most com­monly mis­used phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drug. “This can be a harder type of ad­dic­tion to de­tect and can there­fore be a hid­den prob­lem, so rais­ing aware­ness of this is def­i­nitely part of the so­lu­tion,” she said. “But the im­pact of mis­us­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs can be just as trau­matic on loved ones as the im­pact of mis­us­ing il­licit drugs so get­ting help is a must.”

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