12 ways to reduce opioid prescribing

Try limiting supply to three days and avoiding fentanyl patches

The RACGP has released 12 points aimed at reducing opioid prescribing.

number 12

Advice includes limiting prescriptions to three days' supply for severe acute pain and avoiding fentanyl patches for non-cancer pain.

These are the points:

For acute pain

  • Know when non-opioid analgesics are preferred for acute pain in general practice, for example, headache, dysmenorrhoea, dental pains and minor musculoskeletal strains/sprains.
  • Engage a physio early in more severe acute musculoskeletal