READ MORE 1/3/2017 2:15:50 If you want to buy something online without having to go to a pharmacy, you’re in luck.
That’s the argument made by a group of Australian doctors who say they are working to change the country’s outdated drug laws by introducing online pharmacies.
The law currently makes it illegal to buy drugs online, or from a pharmacy.
However, online pharmacies are already offering a range of medications for free.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has argued the law is outdated, and has suggested a new scheme be introduced.AMA president Dr Paul Sargeant told ABC News the government’s plans to overhaul drug laws should include “a new legal model” for online pharmacies to offer their drugs to Australians.
“It should include, for example, a system that makes it easy for people to buy medication online without needing to visit a pharmacy,” he said.
“This is the kind of thing that the AMA has been pushing for for some time, but I think the government has got a little bit behind it.”
Dr Sargeart said it was “extremely difficult” to make sure drugs were available at an affordable price online, given that they could be expensive.
He said he hoped the AMA’s proposal would include a requirement for online purchasers to pay a minimum purchase amount, which would be calculated based on the age of the patient.
“The way we see it is you get a prescription from a doctor and they put a price on it and you pay that price and then you get the medication.
That can be calculated at a pharmacy and they’ll tell you what the price is,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
If they don’t have that kind of calculation they can get the same medication for free.”
Dr Paul Sargant says a new model should be introduced to ensure medicines are available to all Australians.
2/3.17/2017 6:39:53 In an effort to reduce opioid overdoses, the federal government announced on Thursday it would roll back the legal age for buying and using illicit drugs.
The changes are part of a package of measures aimed at reducing the number of deaths linked to the deadly painkiller fentanyl and other opioids.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the age limit for buying opioids would be reduced from 20 to 18 and the cost of purchasing heroin would be frozen for two years.
He also said it would be illegal for people under the age and not on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to buy opioids from the black market.
“I can tell you this: it’s very difficult to control a situation like this, particularly when there’s so many other things happening around the world that we don’t know what is happening,” he explained.
“We have to be very, very careful that we’re doing everything we can to keep this from being a problem.”
But the AMA says it will be the first step to bring an end to the legal drug age in Australia.
The group said it had already contacted government to raise concerns about the changes.
“At this stage, we know there’s not a lot of information out there about what the government is doing, what the impact is, so we’re still working with them to try and understand exactly what they’re doing,” AMA chief executive Dr Paul Copley said.
But Dr Cople, who also heads the Pharmaceutical Users Association, told ABC RN that the government had been “too slow to respond” to the AMA.
“What we have seen, particularly from the Minister, is that he’s taken a very slow approach to getting on with the problem,” he added.
“That’s why we’ve been calling on the government to do more and get involved in addressing the opioid crisis.”
Dr Cople said the AMA was also concerned about the impact on the drug supply chain.
“There’s not just a problem with opioid-related deaths, there’s a real problem with the drug-supply chain,” he argued.
“When we have a new government, we want them to act fast and get things right.”
3/3,17/17 2:08:33 The latest news on fentanyl, and why it’s so dangerous: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released the latest national data showing that more than 40,000 Australians die from drug overdoses every year.
The report, which was released on Thursday, shows that between July and December this year there were nearly 15,000 deaths related to illicit drug overdose.
While the number is lower than the number in 2015, the number was still more than twice the number from the same time in 2017.
Dr Joanna Miller, the CEO of AIHW, told the ABC that while the numbers were still higher than in 2017, the overall trend had changed.
“Over the past year, the death rate from opioid-assisted suicide has increased, as people are opting to take their own lives and as more people are choosing to die by overdose,” she said.
Dr Miller also