A third of hospitals regularly prescribe opioids on discharge 'just in case'

Hospital pharmacists say the practice is concerning

Almost a third of hospitals are still regularly sending patients home with opioids “just in case”, even when post-surgery patients have not required opioid analgesia for at least 48 hours.


An analysis of hospital pharmacy practices surrounding opioids has also revealed less than 10% of hospitals provided GPs with a pain management plan or opioid de-escalation plans, while less than half provided a discharge summary.

The report from the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), published on Monday, warns people experiencing less serious acute pain