Australia’s 2020 Annual Overdose Report Released Today

Penington Institute

Australia’s Annual Overdose Report – Released Today

Findings cover:

  • Over 70% of overdoses happen to men – males are three times more likely to die of an unintentional overdose than women
  • 75% of overdose deaths are accidental
  • Overdose rates in Australia are higher than the death toll on the roads.

· Overdose deaths cost our economy more than $13 billion every year. [1]

  • Penington Institute calls on the Commonwealth for a national prevention strategy

· The number of unintentional overdose deaths that involve four or more substances (polydrug use) has almost quadrupled

/Public Release.