An investigation into the role of big pharma in the international opioid crisis, from BBC Radio 4, touches upon questions about the ethics and suitability of pain management embedded semi-routinely in care for persons with dementia:
Opioids: A Painful Prescription? [Online]: BBC Radio Four’s “File on Four” programme, May 12th 2019 [and] May 14th 2019.
Expert opinion on the uncertainties:
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Erdal, A. Ballard, C. [and] Vahia, IV. [et al] (2019). Analgesic treatments in people with dementia – how safe are they? A systematic review. Expert Opinion on Drug Safety. April 30th 2019: 1-12. [Epub ahead of print].
Possibly of related background interest:
University of East Anglia Medicines Optimisation Group (2019). Toolkit for tackling chronic opioid use in non-cancer pain. [Online]: University of East Anglia; Medicines Optimisation Group, May 2019.
Concerning an Office for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report:
Pym, H. (2019). Opioid addiction numbers to be revealed for the first time. London: BBC Health News / BBC Reality Check, July 30th 2019.
Painkillers Don’t Exist
Concerning the “painkillers don’t exist” public awareness campaign (deployed initially in Sunderland) aiming to reduce reliance on prescription painkillers:
Triggle, N. (2020). Ban term ‘painkiller’ to end obsession with drugs. London: BBC Health News, February 6th 2020.