There are now more deaths in Victoria from overdoses of prescription medication than from road accidents.
Overdose is a very common cause of patients coming to our Emergency Department.
Of particular concern is the number of people overdosing on prescription opioids such as Oxycontin.
Most of the deaths due to Oxycontin are accidental and avoidable.
When taking medications it is very important to follow the instructions carefully, only take the amount prescribed, and never take someone else’s medication.
Medications should not be stored once no longer needed – rather they should be safely discarded.
If someone becomes unwell, medical care should be sought immediately.