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Drug Induced Deaths Increase in 2016

Drug Induced Deaths Increase in 2016

Drug-induced deaths now account for 7.5 deaths per 100,000 Australians and have been steadily rising over the past decade.

"In 2016, an individual dying from a drug-induced death in Australia was most likely to be a middle aged male, living outside of a capital city who is misusing prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines or oxycodone in a polypharmacy (the use of multiple drugs) setting", the ABS said in a statement yesterday.

The face of an Australian drug death is now a middle-aged man who accidentally overdosed on prescription drugs.

DRUG-related deaths have reached alarming rates in Australia - now at the highest number in 20 years.

The death was most likely to be an accident, the ABS said on Wednesday.

Cancers accounted for nearly 30 per cent of Australian deaths in 2016.

The data also revealed that 2016 was the worst year for drug-induced deaths since the late 1990s, with two thirds (67%) of the 1808 deaths linked to prescription benzodiazepines and opioids. The infant mortality rate hit a new low of 3.1 deaths per 1,000 live births.

More than 70 per cent of drug deaths previous year were due to acute accidental overdoses.

Breast cancer was the sixth ranked cause of death for women, while prostate cancer was ranked sixth for men.

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Diabetes is Australia's seventh leading cause of death overall, accounting for 3.0 per cent of all deaths in 2016.

Suicide was the fifth leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, behind heart disease, diabetes, chronic lower respiratory diseases and lung cancer.

The rate of deaths by suicide dropped slightly in 2016 from a high in 2015, but still accounted for 11.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

That's a slightly lower figure than previous year, but still amounts to almost 8 deaths a day, said Lifeline Executive Director Alan Woodward.

"Behind each of those statistics, behind the numbers, are people".

Some states and territories have higher suicide rates than others, he said, with Queensland seeing a noticeable decline in the suicide rate in 2016.

"I think the community by and large is seeing suicide is an issue in this country but it is something we can do something about".

"In 2016, dementia [including Alzheimer's disease] became the leading cause of death among Australian women", confirmed ABS health statistics director James Eynstone-Hinkins.


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