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Prescribed opioid misuse in North America is a public health crisis, with huge social, medical and economic repercussions. Surgery is an identified driver for persistent opioid use and misuse. The UK has also seen a surge in opioid consumption per capita and it is now necessary for primary and secondary care to work together to mitigate the problem of perioperative prescribed opioid misuse.This review discusses the identified drivers for persistent opioid use following surgery and discusses the remedial actions that must be taken by all stakeholders to mitigate the UK developing its own perioperative prescribed opioid crisis.

Original publication

DOI

10.7861/clinmed.2019.0227

Type

Journal article

Journal

Clin Med (Lond)

Publication Date

11/2019

Volume

19

Pages

441 - 445

Keywords

Opioid, chronic post-surgical pain, opioid use disorder, prescription opioid misuse