Medicines for long-term pain

Pain Concern has produced three expert information leaflets focusing on current, commonly prescribed pain medications: antidepressants for pain (amitriptyline); gabapentin & pregabalin; opioids. The purpose of the leaflets is to equip people with authoritative information about th
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Opioid Epidemic

A recent article on the academic and current affairs website, The Conversation, by Professor Blair Smith from the University of Dundee, regarding his team’s study on the global increase in opioid use, has sparked debate over the overprescription of opioids in the UK. Professor Smith h
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Treatment with opioids not superior to treatment with non-opioid medications – Study

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that treatment with opioids was not superior to treatment with non-opioid medications in patients with chronic back pain, hip or knee osteoarthritis pain. You can find the full study here: http://ow.ly/veOf30iO
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‘Growing problem’ of addiction to prescription drugs probed – BBC article

Public Health England is launching a review into “growing problem” of prescription drug addiction. The review, which will take a year, will cover: sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines and z-drugs (zolpidem and zopiclone) painkillers called opioids, pre
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Transcript – Programme 21: Opioids and managing pain in remote areas

How people in remote areas manage pain, and when and how to take opioids.
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Airing Pain Programme 54: Opioids, memories and prison healthcare

Delving into the issues surrounding opioids and healthcare within prisons and investigating the relationship between memory and pain.
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Back in the Spotlight: BBC Panorama’s “Hooked on Painkillers”

“When it comes to opioids the dangers of physical dependance are well known. So why are doctors now handing out more than 22 millons presciption a year?” ~ Declan Lawn in Panorama’s “Hooked on Painkillers”. Did you happen to watch BBC Panorama​ last night
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