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Opioid epidemic has reached Australia

Research by the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) at the Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has found that a […]

Bupredermal Patches

Bupredermal patches (buprenorphine) act through the skin to treat moderate to severe pain. Buprenorphine is an opioid analgesic and may cause physical dependence.

Majority of opioid overdose deaths relate to pharmaceutical opioids

The number of people dying as a result of opioid use has risen markedly, says a report by the National […]

Opioid analgesics reduce use of antipsychotics in persons with Alzheimer’s dise…

Initiating an opioid analgesic reduced the use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines in persons with Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from […]

Warning over claims that medical cannabis cuts opioid use

Claims that medical cannabis use has reduced opioid overdose deaths in the United States have been challenged by a University […]

Opioids for muscle and joint pain in older people may be harmful

A University of Sydney study has shown that opioids offer older people with muscle and joint pain little benefit, whilst […]

Tamper-resistant oxycodone tablets have no impact on overall opioid use

Tamper-resistant tablets prove less attractive to people who inject drugs but have little effect on population-level issues linked to overprescribing, overuse […]

Codeine addiction in the spotlight

Along with over-the-counter opioid medicines, the use of prescription-only drugs such as oxycodone, fentanyl, and morphine is on the rise. […]

Participants needed for new study into prescription-only opioid use in managing…

Researchers from the University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine (Psychology) are seeking participants for a new study about the experiences […]

Australia’s use of painkillers jumps four-fold

UNSW researchers say cancer-related pain in the ageing population and chronic pain have driven a 400% increase in the use […]