Opioids

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Codeine
Fentanil
Fentanyl
NARROWER TERMS
Position paper

The opioid crisis in North America

North America is facing an epidemic of opioid addiction and opioid overdose with an unprecedented level of mortality. The crisis was spurred by a broad expansion of medical use of opioids, which began in the 1990s as a legitimate response to the under-treatment of pain...
Report

The opioid epidemic in North America: implications for Australia

The opioid epidemic in North America has attracted considerable international concern because of the scale of the problem and the high rate of overdose deaths. This paper highlights the importance of being vigilant about the potential for similar problems in Australia, and continuing to monitor...
Journal article

A perfect storm: fear of litigation for end of life care

Should doctors fear legal sanction for using opioids at the end of life? A perfect storm arises from a rare confluence of adverse meteorological factors, and is a metaphor for an especially bad situation caused by a combination of unfavourable circumstances. Health care at the...
Report

The cost of pain in Australia

This report assesses the burden of chronic pain in Australia, including its impact on the health system, productivity, carer costs and wellbeing.
Report

Opioid addiction treatment in 2019

This report discusses opportunities for policy makers to engage on harm reduction, equitable access to treatment and support, and collaboration and coordination, to stem the tide of the opioid crisis in Canada.
Report

Opioid harm in Australia and comparisons between Australia and Canada

Opioid use and its associated harms is an issue of great public health interest, both within Australia and internationally. This report shows that opioid harms are an issue in both Australia and Canada. Rates of opioid deaths and opioid poisoning hospitalisations in Australia increased in...
Report

Fentanyl use by police detainees remains unchanged

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid prescribed for severe pain that can also be used for non-medical purposes. Recent data suggest the extent of fentanyl use varies across Australia, with elevated consumption levels in some regional areas.
Report

Australia’s annual overdose report 2018

This report focuses on accidental deaths caused by drugs, excluding drug-deaths that were deemed homicidal, suicidal or of undetermined intent. This is to ensure that drugs and the public health consequences that arise from them remain the primary focus of the report without the complicating...
Report

Opioid, amphetamine, and cocaine-induced deaths in Australia: August 2018

This bulletin reports on opioid, amphetamine, and cocaine-induced deaths in Australia up until 2016, as provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) using data from the National Coronial Information System (NCIS). Data for 2015 and 2016 are not final, as the ABS applies a...
Guide

NSW clinical guidelines: treatment of opioid dependence 2018

These guidelines provide clinical guidance and policy direction for opioid treatment in New South Wales. They align with national directions and recommendations, and incorporate the latest clinical evidence.