Drug-related deaths increase far more in country than city areas

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Research by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows drug-induced deaths in regional and remote areas have increased by 41 per cent since 2008, more than twice as much as city areas.

Other figures of concern include higher rates of risky drinking and longer travel times to reach drug and alcohol treatment services.

Advocates says there are a range of strategies that need to be pursued, including better access to facilities and better education campaigns.

 

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