Patients who are prescribed powerful painkillers 'should be monitored by specialist units instead of GPs'



Patients prescribed powerful painkillers should be monitored by hospital units rather than GPs, experts said yesterday.
Doctors are doling out opioids such as tramadol and oxycodone in huge numbers, driving an escalating crisis in addiction to prescription drugs.
Now experts have called for strict rules that mean anyone given drugs higher than a certain dose would be referred to specialist pain units.
The team, led by academics at University College London, said this would help ensure they are not left on the drugs for months without review.
Study leader Dr Luke Mordecai, whose work was... read more

 
13 February 2018 in Health, Views: 34
Source: Daily Mail
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