Oxycodone prescriptions spike, morphine use decreases

Oxycodone prescriptions have increased dramatically over the past 10 years, replacing prescriptions for morphine.

Researchers analysed trends in morphine and oxycodone prescriptions between 2002-03 and 2007-08.

There was an 152% increase in oxycodone prescriptions, coupled with a 20% decrease in morphine prescriptions.

Morphine and oxycodone prescriptions were highest in older Australians.

Read more at Medical Journal of Australia