The Gillard Government will set up a new $5 million national electronic records system to combat abuse of controlled drugs including prescription painkillers.
The Electronic Recording and Reporting of Controlled Drugs system will be made available to doctors, pharmacists and State and Territory health authorities across Australia to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of addictive drugs in real time.
“While controlled drugs such as oxycodone, morphine and codeine play an important clinical role in managing pain, abuse of these drugs can cause enormous harm and is a growing problem in the community,” Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek said.
“Following calls from coroners, law enforcers and consumer groups for greater control over distribution of the drugs, the Gillard Government is pleased to be making this electronic system available.”
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