The mission of the OPDA is to reduce the harm of long-term opiate use
The OPDA is the only body bringing together pain and addiction professionals and patient groups to raise awareness and understanding of opioid painkiller dependence and to campaign for dedicated services.
OPD is a highly distressing medical need requiring early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The impact of OPD can be felt both by patients and their families and is associated with stigma and guilt.
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.
The figures are alarming. According to the British Medical Journal, nearly half the population have a diagnosis of chronic pain (over three months of pain). Over ten million people annually are in receipt of an opioid painkiller (OP) prescription at a cost of over £400m across UK health services. Over the past decade prescriptions for OP have risen by 400%. But while OP use has risen dramatically alongside a mountain of clinical and anecdotal evidence about the potential harms, there is no standardised and universally applied risk assessment of patients about to embark on a course of OP nor regular monitoring. And if problems arise, no network of dedicated services to which a GP or pain specialist can refer. This is a public health disaster hidden in plain sight.