rheumatology
Osteoarthritis

New figures a “wake up call” for opioid overuse in arthritis patients

Inappropriate prescribing of opioids for patients with arthritis is putting Australia on track for an opioid crisis to match that already occurring in the US, rheumatologists say. Their warning follows new figures showing a rising trend for opioid use in osteoarthritis in Australia, and in particular before joint replacement surgery. An analysis of Medicare, PBS ...

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