Opioid tracking delayed for years: expert

Australia is still years away from a national opioid prescription tracking system, a key architect of the program says, as doctors grow increasingly frustrated over the delays.

The software — long touted as a defence against doctor shopping — is up and running in a Tasmanian trial, giving GPs access to real-time prescribing data within just 15 seconds.

Dr Adrian Reynolds, clinical director of the Tasmanian Health Department’s Alcohol and Drug Services, said the program, known as DORA (Drugs and poisons information system Online Remote Access), now involved 40