5 reasons opioid dispensing is rising

OPIOID dispensing more than doubled in the 20 years to 2011, according to a fresh analysis of PBS data. There are five main reasons:

  1. An ageing population, resulting in more conditions causing chronic pain;
  2. Increased awareness of pain relief by medical practitioners and patients;
  3. Introduction of new, aggressively marketed opioids;
  4. Increased willingness of medical professionals to prescribe parenteral opioid analgesics as a response to the earlier trend for under-treatment of chronic pain;
  5. Increased reliance on prescription opioids by illicit users because of