Wanted: national regulatory monitoring system for long term opioid prescriptionBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5586 (Published 18 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5586
- Gordon Stewart, clinical fellow1,
- Michael H Basler, consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine1
- 1Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK
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 …