On a snapshot day in 2020, over 53,300 clients received pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence at 3,084 dosing points across Australia. There were 3,422 authorised prescribers of opioid pharmacotherapy drugs.

  • Cat. no: PHE 266
Findings from this report:
  • There were 3,422 authorised opioid pharmacotherapy prescribers

  • On average, 16 opioid pharmacotherapy clients were treated by each prescriber

  • The median age of opioid pharmacotherapy clients was 44 years

  • Around 1 in 10 opioid pharmacotherapy clients identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander