Letters Opioids in the UK

Wanted: national regulatory monitoring system for long term opioid prescription

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5586 (Published 18 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5586
  1. Gordon Stewart, clinical fellow1,
  2. Michael H Basler, consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine1
  1. 1Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK
  1. m.basler{at}sky.com

Like many others, Stannard highlights the lack of reliable data on the use of prescription opiates for chronic non-malignant pain,1 2 so we can only infer that this is a growing problem in the UK.

The problems associated with inappropriate opiate use are well known, but concerns …

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