Evidence suggests that harmful effects of opioids are more likely to happen to people who take opioids for 3 months or more, or who take higher doses of opioids. The harms from opioids can range from mild to severe and can end up causing death.
Podcast: Understanding codeine dependency: Management
Highlights of Dr Jill Thistlethwaite’s conversation with Dr Malcolm Dobbin on the management of codeine dependency.
Rates of paracetamol overdose continue to rise in Australia
Although health professionals may assume that patients know how to use paracetamol, studies show that overdoses of this common medicine are increasing.
Accidental fentanyl exposure in children can be fatal
Infants and children are at higher risk of accidental exposure to fentanyl, a potent opioid that treats pain. Fentanyl patches are particularly dangerous.
Podcast series: Safer patient care in the era of SafeScript
Listen to our multidisciplinary panel of experts and consumers as they discuss the clinical risks associated with long-term opioid and benzodiazepine use, the importance of ensuring continuity of care for all patients, and how SafeScript, Victoria’s real-time prescription system, is assisting clinicians to provide safer patient care.
SafeScript podcast 1: Opioids: Helping or hindering your patient?
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Opioids, chronic pain and the bigger picture
Opioid medicines in chronic non-cancer pain – balancing opioid-related harm with effective pain management and quality of life.
Accurate diagnosis is key to optimal management of this challenging condition.
Low back pain
Providing reassurance, encouraging activity and reducing reliance on imaging.
Opioids: New and amended PBS listings
Changes made to support the appropriate prescribing and use of opioids, and reduce harms.
Medicinal cannabis: what you need to know
Information and resources about medicinal cannabis for consumers and health professionals.
Choosing Wisely Australia
Choosing Wisely recommendations for opioids across different healthcare settings.