NSW coronial inquest examines how addictive painkillers prescribed and the dramatic increase in opiate-related overdoses in past decade

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The effectiveness of pill-testing at music festivals will be examined to see if it can help to prevent opiates deaths in New South Wales.

A special coronial inquest examining the deaths of six people from opiate-related overdoses in May 2016 began in Sydney on Monday. The inquest, before deputy state coroner Harriet Grahame, is examining the way addictive painkillers such as fentanyl are prescribed in NSW and the dramatic increase in opiate-related overdose deaths in the past decade.

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