The Department of Health and Human Services has worked with NPS MedicineWise to develop a range of resources for health professionals, as well as consumer fact sheets, to promote the safer use of opioid medicines.
Health professionals may refer to the following fact sheets for guidance when considering the prescribing or supply of an opioid medicine to a patient. The fact sheets cover a range of topics, including the risks of prescribing high doses, how to safely taper opioids, and managing patients with a history of opioid dependence. An online calculator is also available to assist health practitioners formulate a tapering schedule for an opioid.
A number of consumer fact sheets have also been developed to assist health professionals provide advice to patients on the safer use of opioid medicines and the risks of harms from inappropriate use of opioids.
Reviewed 06 June 2016