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Human Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development

2022 May 08

Int J Drug Policy


Self-reported challenges obtaining ongoing prescription opioids among Australians with chronic non-cancer pain.


Hopkins RE, Campbell G, Degenhardt L, Lintzeris N, Larance B, Nielsen S, Gisev N
Int J Drug Policy. 2022 May 08; 105:103708.
PMID: 35544972.


Policies to address opioid-related harms include strategies to reduce opioid prescribing for new and ongoing pain management. Concerns have been raised that people with chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) may be adversely affected by prescribing restrictions, and by involuntary tapering and cessation of opioids. We describe self-reported challenges obtaining prescription opioids among people prescribed opioids long-term for CNCP and explore associations with participant and treatment characteristics.