Patients with opioid dependence are a common presentation in
general practice. Stable patients taking medications for pain who
are opioid dependent should ideally be managed in routine
general practice. As well as usual primary care, opioid use or opioid
substitution treatment needs monitoring in these patients.
Shared care with pain and addiction specialists is an effective way for
GPs to provide care to patients with addiction.
Modern Medicine – March 2018