By Tom Place For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press
Published: 05:47 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 05:47 GMT, 1 March 2019
A coroner in charge of an inquest into opioid deaths has recommended a drug summit to consider the decriminalisation of personal drug use.
New South Wales Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame said prohibition policies have failed, and suggested a harm minimisation strategy instead.
Ms Grahame delivered her findings on Friday into the accidental drug overdose deaths of five men and one woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as a result of heroin or multi-drug toxicity in 2016.
The inquest, called after a spike in drug-related deaths that year, heard that there is 'considerable slippage and overlap' in the use of the terms opiate and opioid however they include morphine, codeine, heroin and fentanyl.
The Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame said upon investigating six drug overdoses in a recent inquiry it become 'alarmingly clear' that the deaths were preventable
'Lowering the rate of opioid overdose is