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One in four adults prescribed addictive medicines, says PHE review


(1) The reality of these patients who are heavily dependent on opiates(Co-codamol, Dihydrocodeine , Tramadol ( I called it CDT and etc ) and lately , gabapentinoids, are no different from those on methadone blue prescriptions . Even reducing the latter from 50 mls to 45 mls a day was confronted by strong objection from patients , for instance. And GPs have 10 minutes to complete this debate with a patient! Seriously? (2) The recommendations from PHE are sound but was quintessentially written in a bookworm fashion , ideological and intangible. Somebody needs to get real and mobilise resources to help the frontline. (3) Pain clinics need to take more responsibilities in monitoring the patient being initiated and maintained on all kinds of complex pain medications, rather than throwing them back to GPs to ‘continue’ .

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10 Sep 2019

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