Bedson, John; Chen, Ying; Hayward, Richard A.; Ashworth, Julie; Walters, Kate; Dunn, Kate M.; Jordan, Kelvin P.
PAIN. 157(7):1525-1531, July 2016
Long-term opioids may benefit patients with chronic pain but have also been linked to harmful outcomes. In the United Kingdom, the predominant source of opioids is primary care prescription. The objective was to examine changes in the incidence, length, and opioid potency of long-term prescribing episodes for musculoskeletal conditions in UK primary care (2002-2013).