The opiate trap

Dr Mary Wyatt

The use of opiates in chronic pain cases should be carefully monitored. Patients need a high level of support and a good understanding of treatment options.

In 2010 a Four Corners exposé on opiates provided staggering insight into an increasingly severe problem in Australia and around the world. While opiates such as morphine, OxyContin, Endone and Panadeine Forte are routinely prescribed by doctors to provide pain relief for patients suffering intense and chronic pain, opiates can cause major problems for some people. In an increasing number of cases, normal, everyday people pres...

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Published 25 October, 2010