Prescription drug misuse is an area of medicine in which there is very little high level evidence to guide practice and on which in the past there have been markedly divergent opinions on management. It is also likely, given trends in the epidemiology of prescription drug dependence, the increasingly aggressive marketing of opioids for pain, and relaxation of controls around prescribing opioids, problems surrounding prescription drug misuse will increase in the years to come. This module aims to build capacity and medical leadership in this field.


Tags: Category 1 Educational Activities

Format: Each module consists of online reading materials, statistics and case studies. There are multiple-choice, true/false and short answer questions throughout the module to assist with your learning.


1. Prescription Opioids: Epidemiology and Harms (30 mins)
2. Opioid Pharmacology Relevant to Pain and Addiction (30 mins)
3. Principles of Treatment of Pain and Opioid Dependence (30 mins)
4. Benzodiazepines (1 hour)
5. The Case for Not Always Prescribing Benzodiazepines (1 hour)
6. Management of Insomnia (1 hour)

Authors: Members from the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine Online Modules Advisory Group:
• Dr Mark Hardy, FAChAM (Chair)
• A/Prof James Bell, FRACP, FAChAM
• Dr Glenys Dore, FRANZCP, FAChAM
• A/Prof Tony Gill
• A/Prof Nick Lintzeris, FAChAM
• Dr Deborah Zador, FAFPHM, FAChAM
Version: 2
Release Date: February, 2009 Revised Date: June, 2013