Home > The misuse of synthetic opioids: harms and clinical management of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and other novel synthetic opioids. Information for clinicians.

Abdulrahim, Dima and Bowden-Jones, Owen . (2018) The misuse of synthetic opioids: harms and clinical management of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and other novel synthetic opioids. Information for clinicians. London: NEPTUNE. 32 p.

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Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are important therapeutic medicines that are used widely for pain, as well as for anaesthesia, in combination with other medication. This document focuses on the misuse of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues* and other novel synthetic opioids and does not address issues pertaining to their use in legitimate therapeutic and clinical contexts. Specifically, this document focuses on the clinical management of the health-related harms associated with the misuse of these substances, both acute harms as well as harms from frequent and long-term use (chronic harms). It is aimed primarily at a clinical audience.

 

Although there is a large body of evidence on pharmaceutical synthetic opioids and fentanyl and its analogues, the evidence on the novel fentanyls and other novel opioids, their harms and management, is currently limited and cannot be considered as robust. Nonetheless, the research findings are broadly consistent and this document provides clinically relevant information based on the best evidence currently available.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Opioid, New psychoactive substance
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder drug therapy, AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:2018
Pages:32 p.
Publisher:NEPTUNE
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Opioid product > Fentanyl
B Substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Patient care management
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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