Opioid Painkiller Dependence is the continued use of an opioid painkiller beyond the need for analgesia or the dosage stated on the prescription or packet instructions, which may also be accompanied by drug withdrawal symptoms or other difficulties in stopping the medication or reducing the dosage.
OPD Alliance brings together pain and addiction professionals in a collaborative approach to raise awareness and understanding of opioid painkiller dependence and to call for appropriate treatment and services across the UK.
OPD is a highly distressing medical need that requires early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The impact of OPD may not be restricted to the patient only, but can also have an effect on families and family relationships and be associated with stigma.
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Supporting individuals affected by prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal
Doctors’ leaders are calling for the urgent introduction of a UK-wide 24-hour helpline for prescription drug dependence. The British Medical Association (BMA) has released a report today which calls for more support for people coming off the drugs. Public Health England said it supported local services to help address drug addiction issues.