Opioids, pain and deprescribing

View our recent webinar on opioids, pain and deprescribing with Associate Professor Mike McDonough (Consultant in Addiction Medicine & Toxicology, Drug and Alcohol Services, SA Health) and Doctor Chris Bollen (Medical Advisor, ReturnToWorkSA). This 40 minute recording covers a number of subjects regarding opioid use in South Australia, and the issues of managing pain and deprescribing drugs of dependency.

The below time-codes are provided to allow you to jump to particular points of interest in the webinar.

  • 1.00 min  – Setting the scene, introduction to Case Study
  • 6.30 min – The Opioid Epidemic
  • 9.45 min – Examining Base Supply Trends
  • 14.30 min – Top 10 Opioids within the Scheme
  • 17.22 min – The Impact of Opioids
  • 22.20 min – Dose Related Overdose Risks & Understanding Sources
  • 29.51 min – Who is at risk?
  • 31.39 min – How to Deprescribe and Wean Opioids
  • 39.00 min – Professional & Consumer Resources

Professional resources for deprescribing

Drug & Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS)

  • Phone: 08 7087 1742
  • 24 hr specialist support & advice for health professionals.

Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS)

  • Phone: 08 7425 8444
  • Provides clinical pharmacy services to General Practitioners.

Faculty of Pain, Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Integrated Pain Service

Opioid Clinical Guidelines

  • Resources to support appropriate and accountable prescribing of opioid medications.

Clinical Training and Resources