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Boonah doctors accused of over-prescribing narcotics

AUTHORITIES are investigating serious allegations levelled at two Boonah doctors who have been accused of over-prescribing addictive medication to patients.

The West Moreton Hospital and Health Service were made aware of the allegations 18 months ago.

The two doctors are still practicing in the region - despite being on the radar of two powerful investigative bodies including the Crime and Misconduct Commission and the Queensland Health Ombudsman.

The QT is prevented from naming the two doctors due to legal reasons.

It is alleged the two doctors have being over-prescribing vast quantities of addictive medication including OxyContin, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Valium and Xanax.

The medication is widely used for pain relief but can be sold for a small fortune on the black market - commonly known as on-selling.

The QT contacted one of the doctors involved and he confirmed he was under investigation.

He also confirmed he worked with the other doctor under investigation.

"I am certainly not a drug dealer," he said.

"I am a clean doctor - but there are some doctors with extreme views about the prescription of narcotics."

Australian Medical Association Queensland chairman Dr Shaun Rudd said the state had a serious issue with opioid misuse.

He said unfortunately prescription medication was widely considered easier to obtain than some illicit drugs such as heroin.

"There is definitely a problem with opioid misuse across the state and it is extremely concerning," he said.

"There are more and more scripts being written out for them each year.

"But what tends to happen is some of these drugs get dealt and on-sold - there is a big market for that type of activity.

"These drugs are definitely being sold on the black market and that is evident in the amount of prescription medication police have come across in recent years."

The Crime and Corruption Commission confirmed in a statement to the QT it had received a complaint about the over-prescription of drugs and was assessing it in line with its standard processes.

The Queensland Health Ombudsman said in a statement it would not comment on individual matters due to privacy.

Topics:  crime and misconduct commission queensland health west moreton hospital and health service


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