Beware the harm of patient narcotic addiction

The report Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse in Australia: Complex Problems, Balanced Responses, by Flinders University, is a comprehensive review of the impact of pharmaceutical drug abuse in Australia. It primarily focuses on prescription opioids, benzodiazepines and codeine containing analgesics. The evidence of harm is compelling.

Clearly there are legitimate clinical indications for opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing.

The increasing prevalence of chronic non-malignant pain and developments in pharmaceutical opioids, particularly sustained release and