The CSPCP has issued this position statement to ensure that our patients requiring palliative care have access to the appropriate doses of opioids that they need, when they need them.
- We believe in the safe, appropriate, and timely access to opioids for the management of pain and symptoms in those with life-limiting illnesses, in the appropriate doses as are required by each patient, without any specific maximum dose.
- We believe that opioid prescribing is legitimate to alleviate suffering from both pain and dyspnea in patients requiring palliative care suffering from both cancer and non-cancer illnesses (such as, but not limited to, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and end-stage renal disease).
- We advocate for increased governmental funding for education for physicians in appropriate prescribing, screening for potential misuse, and recognition and reporting of medication errors.
Full statement: click here