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Opioids: new toolkit aims to help GPs manage long term use

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 13 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2179
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

GPs must act urgently to taper or reduce dosages of opioids for patients with long term prescriptions, researchers have said.1

The call to action came from researchers at the University of East Anglia, who have created a new toolkit to help GPs do this. Its recommendations were based on research evidence and the experiences of healthcare organisations and doctors.

If GPs are expected to reduce patients’ dependence on opioids they must have the skills to …

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