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Opioid analgesics dependency (OAD) pilot project

The concern surrounding misuse of prescribed medications is a relatively recent phenomenon in the UK. Predominantly, the issues around misuse of prescribed medications are related to patients taking doses above prescribed levels, and the prescribed medications being used by individuals for whom they have not been prescribed. Both of these may lead to tolerance and physical dependence. Opiates (such as codeine), central nervous system depressants (such as benzodiazepines), antidepressants, antihistamines, and stimulants are typical medications that tend to be misused by patients.

South Gloucestershire Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) is currently running an opioid analgesics dependency (OAD) pilot project, to address the misuse of prescribed medications.

The pilot project is the first one in the UK, seeking to establish how we can work more effectively alongside GPs in primary care settings. We are currently working with various stakeholders, such as the Department of Health, University of Bristol, Public Health England (PHE), and Avon Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC), to ensure that the pilot project is a success.

Developing Health & Independence (DHI), in conjunction with Battle Against Tranquillisers (BAT) have been commissioned to deliver this pilot project between July 2016 and June 2018. An OAD working group has been set up to oversee the project in South Gloucestershire.

The effectiveness of the Pilot Project will be evaluated by NIHR CLAHRC West. Reference documents are available on this page.

For further information about the OAD Pilot Project please contact us.

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