Opioid regulations make life harder for chronic pain patients

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Credit: Missy Drage

Opioid regulations have been in place since February 2018 to protect Australians from the risk addiction and overdose.  These regulations came about after recommendations from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

But some chronic pain patients feel the regulations have taken away their control to manage conditions and monitor their pain levels.  The regulations have limited their treatment options, and some patients are finding alternative treatments don’t treat their pain.

For these Australians, the regulations have reduced their quality of life.

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