The distinction between “prescribed opioids” and “prescription opioids”- lesson for India from Willem Scholten.

2017 May 3
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“Prescription opioids are intended to be prescribed as medicines. Prescribed medicines are actually prescribed by a physician and dispensed by a pharmacy.

About 75% of fatal overdoses from prescription opioids in the U.S. occur in people who have not been prescribed opioids during the three months preceding their deaths. Thus, the majority must have obtained these prescription opioids on the black or gray market.”

Please read the blog by Mr Willem Scholten: Better Analysis Needed on Non-Medical Use of Opioids

His recommendation: “Optimal public health outcomes can only be attained when policies to minimize non-medical use are balanced with policies to maximize access to adequate pain management”.

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