Tuesday 16 May, 2006

Prescription shopping information service

Posted in Drugs & Alcohol, Emergency Dept., General Practice, Michael Tam, Resources at 15:26 by Michael Tam

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Registration Form

Complete and fax to (02) 6124 7820.

Once registered available 24/7 by calling 1800 631 181

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Don’t prescribe opiates and benzodiazepines to new patients

Posted in Drugs & Alcohol, Emergency Dept., General Practice, Michael Tam at 13:03 by Michael Tam

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Slow release oxycodone (OxyContin) is
now the opiate seeker’s choice.
They can be boiled up to remove
the wax and then injected.

It is a sad state of affairs, but you will not have to work in the emergency department or in general practice for very long before you see a stream of patients coming through asking for opiates and/or benzodiazepines. Your best policy (which often will be the practice and ED policy) is not to prescribe either of these agents to new patients.

No matter how clever you think you are, where will be patients who are smarter. They will have honed the practice of getting opiates and benzos out of doctors to a fine art. I certainly have been duped more than once; and it is going to be the patients who you don’t think of who will get the better of you.

“Primum non nocere”

You are not helping your patients by feeding their opiate and benzodiazepine dependence.

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