Cathy O’Leary. West Australian. August 30, 2014.

Perth is now the nation’s accidental overdose capital, which drug experts blame on a rise in so-called “harmaceuticals”, or the abuse of strong painkillers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data commissioned by Melbourne’s Penington Institute shows Perth had the highest rate of fatal accidental overdoses in 2012 – ahead of Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. –

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