Pharmacy Practice Review

Opioids: reducing harms from long-term use

Discuss benefits and harms of opioids with patients and explore non-pharmacological alternatives.

  • Cost: free

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Opioids can play an important role in the management of pain and can be beneficial for some individuals. However, there is increasing concern about their use and safety, especially in chronic non-cancer pain.

This Pharmacy Practice Review provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your counselling of patients using opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. Recognise the limited evidence of benefits of opioids and refresh your knowledge on the serious harms of long-term use. Identify factors that place patients at increased risk of harms, improve your confidence in talking about opioid tapering and reflect on strategies that have been implemented to mitigate harms and promote safe use of opioids.

Choose from:

  • Express version: 5 episodes of care (for up to 15 CPD credits) or
  • Standard version: 10 episodes of care (for up to 24 CPD credits)

You will be given the option to submit your data once 5 episodes of care are entered, or continue to 10 episodes of care.



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