Some new advice on how to identify opioid dependency in your patients

When the prickly issue of dependence can be skewed by semantics, GPs need a reliable scale for evaluating benefit

Determining if and when a patient has become dependent on, or addicted to, opioid medications can be difficult for GPs.

When I wrote my first article on the topic for Australian Doctor in August last year, I thought I had most of the answers.1

However, after some interesting debate and discussion with GPs and other experts in the field, I've changed my view and come up with some further thoughts and, hopefully, some helpful suggestions.

The scourge of semantics