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Dirty drug dealing
RealTime Prescription Monitoring was to track only opioid use at its inception, but is being extended to capture diazepam scripts. Despite the UK process underway to restrict pregabalin as S3, there is no intent to control its usage in Australia.
Pharmaceuticals are responsible for twice the number of fatalities than those occurring on Victorian roads, yet prescriber oversight measures have only recently been promised. Health budget impact and detrimental functioning resultant from sedation by pain medication are other factors demanding of change in policy. The article has twice been submitted to Dept of Health & Human Services via the Minister, bringing attention to the Schedule3 restriction process underway in the UK for pregabalin.