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Opioid prescribing trends: an international perspective

Cathy Stannard, Michael Coupe and Anthony Pickering

in Opioids in Non-Cancer Pain

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199678075
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191757464 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199678075.003.0005

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Opioid prescribing trends: an international perspective

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The relaxation of restrictive opioid laws in the US towards the end of the last century, a recognition of the disabling burden of chronic pain, and the emergence of trial data, albeit short-term, suggesting that opioids have a role in the management of long-term pain have resulted in a climate of increasing willingness to prescribe opioids. There has been a marked and progressive rise in the prescription of opioid drugs in both the UK and the US over the last decade.

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Subjects: Clinical Oncology ; Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics ; Pain Medicine

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