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Letters Deprescribing

Avoiding an opioid crisis in the UK

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 11 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1033
  1. Nicholas Levy, consultant1,
  2. Patricia Mills, consultant1,
  3. William J Fawcett, professor2
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Bury St Edmunds IP33 2QZ, UK
  2. 2Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, UK
  1. nicholas.levy{at}

Deprescribing should be integral to every clinician’s practice1; the General Medical Council emphasised the importance of regular review of a patient’s medication in 2013.2 Deprescribing should be undertaken by anaesthetists and intensivists,3 as we are in a position to advise …

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