It’s official, The ACT is the healthiest state in Australia.
According to a report based on 2011 data, alcohol and illicit drugs are the cause of one in 20 deaths in Australia.
The new analysis by The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed that men are twice as likely to suffer health consequences as a result of drug and alcohol problems than women.
Although the ACT has the nation’s lowest burden of disease related to alcohol and illicit drugs, it also recorded the nation’s third highest rate of opioid dependence. Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to reduce pain and can be in pain killers like codeine or illegal drugs such as heroine.
In 2011, 4.5 per cent of all Australian deaths were as a result of drugs and alcohol.