The humane approach to opioids

Around 20% of the population suffers from chronic pain. Among those 55 and older, it is one in four men and nearly one in three women.1 Arthritis, rheumatism, back and neck problems are the most common conditions causing pain.

Pharmaceutical opioids such as oxycodone are effective in helping control pain. They are listed by WHO as “essential medicines” for the treatment of pain.2 For the past decade in Australia, opioids have been