Monday December 18th 2017

Fentanyl concern may demonise a vital drug | Letters

Dozens of UK drug deaths have been linked to the opioid fentanyl, but, when used legally, it can be a useful weapon in the fight against acute pain, sayMargaret GibbsandConrad HodgkinsonPlease be mindful of your potential to frighten people unnecessarily (Report, 1 August). Fentanyl is indeed between 100 and 150 times as potent as morphine but when used in the microgram doses available in commercial products it is as safe as any other strong opioid for the management of severe pain whether post-operative, chronic or towards the end of life. Clearly lacing street drugs with this molecule is highly dangerous but a broad-brush approach is unhelpful. Healthcare professionals work hard to develop a trusting relationship with the people they are caring for. Many are fearful of strong opioid medi…

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Fentanyl concern may demonise a vital drug | Letters

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