The government is launching an inquiry into whether drug dealers have been over-reporting how many drugs they sell and how quickly.
A review into the way drugs are prescribed and purchased will be launched by the Health Department, the Department of Health said on Thursday, the first time it has disclosed the findings of an inquiry.
Drug users are more likely to be prescribed the wrong drugs, which leads to the misuse of other drugs, it said.
The department said that the Government’s response to the drug crisis was “slow, patchy, and ineffective” and called for a more robust response.
It said it wanted to know “whether there is a concerted effort by the Government to prevent drugs being misused, for example by doctors, pharmacists and pharmacists themselves”.
The inquiry is due to report in 2018.
A Government spokesman said the Government had taken measures to protect patients’ rights to access drug information and medicines from “corrupt dealers”.
Drug users were also more likely than the general population to be treated for the consequences of their drug use.”
We will also be engaging with drug users, drug users organisations, patients and their organisations to develop a comprehensive response to this crisis.”
Drug users were also more likely than the general population to be treated for the consequences of their drug use.
Drug overdose deaths are up 20% in the last five years and the latest figures show that more than one in three people who died from drug overdoses in Australia between 2008 and 2013 were also people who had tried a drug.
The number of people with an overdose death rose by almost 5% to 1.3 million in 2013.