Understanding the risks associated with opioids
This guide has been produced largely in response to increasing community and clinical concerns about the use and safety of opioids.
This isn’t a new problem. We’ve been exploiting the analgesic (and other) properties of the opium poppy since prehistoric times. Perhaps the peak of use was during the Great Binge (1870–1914) when opium and its derivatives were hailed as medical miracles and used by young and old.
Today, opioids are ‘controlled’ through both medical and legal systems. Despite this, opioid use has been fuelled by drug company marketing, inappropriate therapeutic ideals, and a broad public demand for analgesia.
This guide aims to help GPs prescribe opioids appropriately in the general practice context. It is designed to discourage inappropriate use and reduce harms by providing GPs with guidance and practical advice regarding opioid therapy.
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