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2020 Jun

Br J Gen Pract


suppl 1

Opioid crisis in primary care? An audit of high-dose opioid prescribing at Bangholm GP Practice.



Opioids are effective analgesics for acute and palliative pain, but there is no evidence base for long-term pain relief. They also carry considerable risks such as overdose and dependence. Despite this, they are increasingly prescribed for chronic pain. In the UK, opioid prescribing more than doubled between 1998 and 2018.