How hospitals are contributing to the opioid crisis

A survey of pharmacists into post-surgical pain management has revealed a host of issues, most worryingly the overuse of 'just in case' opioids on discharge

The harms caused by opioids are well known to healthcare professionals with prescriptions, hospitalisations and deaths due to opioid misuse rising dramatically over recent years.1,2


For the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), 2018 has been a year of discovery and discussion about the hospital factors that contribute to what has been labelled a looming ‘opioid epidemic’.

The issue became a priority topic for us after hospital-based pharmacists raised serious concerns about hospital opioid discharge policies in the