The medicolegal dos and do nots of opioid prescribing

SMART PRACTICE


Opioid prescribing continues to cause concern and confusion for doctors. While recent moves to reduce discharge prescribing of opioids and government announcements about realtime monitoring systems are welcomed, change still seems a long way off.

Meanwhile, prescribing for patients, especially new patients, can seem like prescribing in the dark. However, there are many proactive steps you can take to reduce the risk of inappropriate prescribing. 

Use as a last resort

As with every prescription, the threshold question is

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