A Review of Opioid Prescribing in Tasmania: A Blueprint for the Future

https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource/review-opioid-prescribing-tasmania-blueprint-future

Clinicians, backed by research evidence, emphasised the need for early analgesic interventions to reduce the incidence of chronic pain after surgery. The Acute Postoperative Pain (APOP) Project identified a number of key messages…

Pain was associated with increased likelihood for misuse of analgesics, suggesting that ongoing pain contributes to more severe drug-seeking behaviour. This highlights the need for such patients to have their pain treated. Patients with pain did not differ from patients without pain in use of heroin, alcohol, cocaine or in injecting practices…

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