Opioid medication prescribing in Queensland, 1997 - 2018: A population study
Jul 16, 2021
The Medical Journal of Australia has recently published a research letter titled “Opioid medication prescribing in Queensland, 1997 - 2018: A population study”. The research looked at patterns of opioid prescribing in Queensland, to see whether various strategies designed to modify prescriber behaviour have been effective at reducing the frequency of opioid-related problems.
The study found that while there has been an increase in medical practitioners prescribing low dose opioids over time, the proportion of people dispensed doses of opioids associated with increased risk of accidental overdose was small and has declined over time.