Module 2: Basic Pharmacology of Controlled Drugs and Substances

Lesson 1

Opioids – Contraindications/precautions

Extra care must be taken in using opioids with special populations such as children, pregnant women and the elderly because of the potential for altered physiological effects.

Patients with a previous history of substance-use disorders also require special consideration. It is prudent to consult with a prescriber experienced in pain management and addiction management when dealing with such patients (Jensen & Rieger, 2014; NOUGG, 2017).