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Prescription opioids

To minimise the harm caused by opioid prescription medicines to Australians each year, a number of regulatory changes are being implemented. The changes will ensure the safe and effective prescribing and use of opioids while maintaining access for patients who need them.

Learn more about the regulatory changes, including the background to the reforms and how they align with broader Australian Government initiatives to improve pain management.

Find out what the changes mean for you or your loved ones, including answers to commonly asked questions.

Understand the impact of the regulatory changes, and how to implement best practice opioid prescribing for people living with pain while ensuring adequate pain management.

Understand the regulatory changes and what you need to do, including how to lodge opioid reforms applications.

Research, tools and information on pain management services for consumers, health care professionals and sponsors.

Contact us

If you have an enquiry about regulatory changes to prescription opioids, use the following contact details.

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  • Telephone: 1800 020 653 (free call within Australia)