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(Opioid Abuse)
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  • Prescription drug abuse - A timely update. [Journal Article]
  • AFAust Fam Physician 2016; 45(12):862-866
  • Monheit B, Pietrzak D, Hocking S
  • CONCLUSIONS: Data from the Coroners Court of Victoria list the main drugs that contributed to drug-related deaths in 2009-15. Analysis of the data reveals that pharmaceutical drugs contributed to 80% of overdose deaths; benzodiazepines and opioids were the main drug groups involved. Strategies for reducing and managing prescription drug abuse in primary care settings are outlined in this article, including references to published evidence-based clinical guidelines from The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The safety profile of buprenorphine/ naloxone over methadone is noted and raised as a consideration for clinicians when assessing a patient for opioid replacement therapy.
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