Seniors being forced to turn to drug dealing
AN INSIDIOUS combination of high living costs and elder abuse is forcing Australian seniors to turn to drug dealing.
The Rural Doctors Association claims vulnerable elderly people are selling their prescription drugs in rural areas, according to ABC News.
"You have got people living in sometimes very expensive communities where things like rental and just the cost of daily living [are high]," Association president Dr Ewen McPhee told the ABC.
"They can use these drugs as a way of making ends meet.
"It is not at all an appropriate way of using these medications."
The problem is intensified when at-risk seniors are faced with a combination of charm, bullying and threatening behaviour from drug dealers, who sometimes are waiting outside pharmaceuticals and surgeries.
High on the dealers' lists are painkillers such as OxyContin and Endone - both of which include a type of opiod.
Nearly 800 Australians reportedly die each year from overdosing on prescription painkillers with the figures highest in regional communities.