Opioid Painkiller Dependence Alliance (OPDA)

The Opioid Painkiller Dependence Alliance is a unique collaboration of pain and addiction specialists and patient groups committed to raising awareness of opioid painkiller problems and campaigning for dedicated services. Become an affiliate member and make our voice stronger.


Opioid Painkiller Dependence Alliance launch

OPDA was formally launched at the "Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs" event held at York University on 16th March. To view presentations by expert speakers from the day including our Chair, Martin Johnson and expert by experience Cathryn Kemp and more, or listen to a podcast, click on the button below.

Prescribed medicines that may cause dependence or withdrawal

A review of the evidence on problems with some prescription medicines, including opioid pain medications, was announced in January 2018 on: best available evidence for prevalence and prescribing patterns; nature of dependence/discontinuation syndrome among some people; effective prevention and treatment of dependence for each drug category.