We spend around 200 million a year on opioids, most of which is for chronic pain. We have seen a 400% rise in opioids prescribing in the last 10 years, again most of this for chronic pain, and most of this more potent opioids. About 5% of the population is now on opioids.
It was likely that everyone dialing into this webinar would know all this and be very Opioids Aware. The question was, what can we do about the use of opioids in chronic pain, especially high dose opioids?
Here was one idea - an audit, heavily educationally resourced, which puts this question to the primary care community. The community come up with some great ideas, some of which may be helpful to you in your work. As usual this presentation was followed by a Q&A.