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Should opioids be used for chronic non-cancer pain?

Mark S Awerbuch
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (5): 264-265. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10624
Published online: 5 September 2011

To the Editor: A report in the Weekend Australian earlier this year described an increase in oxycodone-associated deaths, in parallel with an increase in prescriptions for the drug, sometimes known as “hillbilly heroin”.1 These increases are likely to reflect a change in doctors’ prescribing behaviour.

  • Mark S Awerbuch

  • Adelaide, SA.

Correspondence: mark@awerbuch.com.au

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