Wastewater analysis shows a large decrease in oxycodone use in Adelaide

Philip Crowley, Jason M White, Benjamin J Tscharke and Cobus Gerber
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00137
Published online: 17 July 2017

To the Editor:

  • 1 Lyell McEwin Hospital, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA



We thank Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia for their assistance.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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