Module 4: Therapeutics
Need for judicious CDS prescribing (cont’d)
Using opioids as an example, in 2009, the following sources of these medications were reported for individuals in Canadian dependency treatment programs: 37% obtained opioids from prescriptions alone, 26% obtained opioids from prescriptions and from the street, and 21% obtained opioids from the street only (Sproule, Brands, Li, & Catz-Biro, 2009).
- Sproule, B., Brands, B., Li, S., & Catz-Biro, L. (2009). Changing patterns in opioid addiction: characterizing users of oxycodone and other opioids. Canadian Family Physician, 55(1), 68–69.