Prescription opioid epidemic coming to Australia

Prescription opioid painkillers were so common on the streets of Sydney’s Darlinghurst and Kings Cross that recovering addict John*, 49, found them easier to buy than heroin, his “stone” of choice.  

Even when John ended up in jail for three stints, prescription opioids were “rampant”; they were easy enough to buy or trade that his drug habit continued uninterrupted for the nearly 10 years he spent inside.

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