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Part C: Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice

The RACGP series Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice recognises that drugs of dependence have important therapeutic uses, but that prescription of these medicines must always be clinically appropriate and supported by national and state law.

Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice, Part C completes this important suite of resources and has been produced largely in response to increasing community and clinical concerns about the use and safety of opioids.

Part C1: Opioids

Part C1 is a clinical governance document, and contains a synthesis of the clinical standards for opioid use in the primary care setting. The document aims to help general practitioners (GPs) prescribe opioids in accordance with national and state regulations, and to provide standards for care across health sectors and other providers of health care where opioids are involved

Part C2: The role of opioids in pain management

Part C2 is designed to assist with the appropriate and accountable prescribing of analgesic medications in the general practice context.  It provides GPs with evidence-based guidance and practical advice regarding pain and pain management. In particular, this guide provides recommendations for GPs who are prescribing opioids for acute and chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

Whilst these two guides are closely interrelated with areas of overlapping information, readers can download and use the guides as standalone documents.

In the coming months, the RACGP will launch Parts C1 and C2 as a web-based guide. The online resource will seamlessly combine overlapping information.

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