Opioid Epidemic and Overdose Infographic

By Dr. Paul Calladine (Chiro)

The statistics are alarming: Australia is in the midst of an opioid epidemic and the majority of these drugs are legal. Over the last few months there has been a steadily increasing call to raise awareness of this issue.

 

Medical authorities have labelled it an 'epidemic' and the statistics are startling. Earlier this year, the Penington Institute released Australia’s Annual Overdose Report – 2016 (Based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics). You can read a summary of this report and further research on the subject in the infographic below.

 

If you find this issue alarming, please help to raise awareness by sharing this page or the infographic. 

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Dr Paul Calladine

About Dr Paul Calladine B.Sc.(Biol.), B.Sc.(Anat.), M.Chiro. (Gonstead Diplomate) and Lyons Road Family Chiropractic.

Lyons Road Family Chiro and Dr Paul (Chiro) have been serving the health care needs of Sydney's Inner West and Drummoyne communities for over 23 years. Paul is originally from Canada and has obtained high levels of tertiary qualifications from both Canada and Australia. Paul is a wealth of information on all things natural, on fitness, long term health, nutrition and of course, chiropractic.



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  2. http://www.penington.org.au/overdoseday/ Penington Institute Australia’s Annual Overdose Report – 2016. Based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
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