Minimising harm in opioid drug prescribing

Programme: 
Year: 
2019
Price: 
FREE
Welcome

Opioid medications that may be prescribed in general practice include morphine, fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone, tramadol, codeine and dihydrocodeine.

Prescribing opioid medications can be problematic due to potential for dependence and misuse. Opioid analgesic overuse and dependence is a growing problem in Australasia and internationally.

Opioid dependence tends to be a chronic relapsing disorder with significant associated morbidity and mortality. Therefore, care must be taken to prescribe safely and appropriately to minimise associated harms.

Learning objectives for this short course:

  • Be aware of commonly misused opioid medications in primary care.
  • Be able to describe the features of dependence.
  • Be able to recognise the features of opioid withdrawal and intoxication.
  • Understand the general guidelines for safe prescribing practices.

Certification

Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.

Acknowledgements

This content was created by Dr Karen Falloon PhD, MBChB, FRNZCGP and reviewed by Dr Alistair Dunn, General Practitioner and Addiction Medicine Specialist (2019).

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.

 

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