Painkiller Addiction Information Network

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Helpful links to other organisations

This page will be developed further,  if you have an organisation that you would like mentioned here just let us know.

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 21.12.34OPD Alliance brings together pain and addiction professionals in a collaborative approach to raise awareness and understanding of opioid painkiller dependence and to call for appropriate treatment and services across the UK. The Opioid Painkiller Dependence Alliance is an ‘umbrella’ body forming an alliance of organisations involved in pain control and in addiction management. Here at PAIN we are delighted to be one of the founding members of this alliance. The OPD Alliance has 8 core members, which together represent the interests of both the pain and addiction communities.

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TURN TO HELP is an educational website that has been developed by the pharmaceutical company Indivior. This site explains what Opioid Painkiller Dependence (OPD) is and how treatment can help. It has a great section that explains the signs and symptoms of dependance and a comprehensive section on Frequently Asked Questions.

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OPIOID PAINKILLER ADDICTION AWARENESS DAY – September is both Pain Awareness month, a month dedicated to raising public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management, and National Recovery month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about issues related to addiction. As a result of combining these two initiatives, September 22nd 2015 was registered as the first Opioid Painkiller Addiction Awareness Day (OPAAD).

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By raising awareness of opioid painkiller dependence (OPD) – an addiction issue that can be an unintended consequence for some people taking opioid analgesics– the campaign aims to start a dialogue and reassure people who are addicted to opioid painkillers, that they have nothing to hide. Help and support are available for both patients and families affected by OPD.

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 12.24.05ACTION ON PAIN is a charity that provides support and advice for people affected by chronic pain. Several recent surveys point to around 1 in 7 of the UK population having chronic pain. Add to this those actually “affected” by chronic pain then the ratio changes to 1in 4!

Getting good advice and support at an early stage is critical. Often a call to the Action on Pain ” PainLine” provides a good starting point as taking that first step is often the hardest part of your journey. There is so much you can do whilst living with chronic pain. If you have not done so already why not take that first step?

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BATTLE AGAINST TRANQUILLISERS – BAT is an charity that provides direct services to users and carers: through local (South Glos, North Somerset, BaNES) support groups, drop-ins, home visits, peer support line, dual diagnosis, and specialist support for other agencies/ workers in those geographical areas.
The organisation also educates and informs through partnership working, training policy development, profile-raising of the issues. The aim to help those who are addicted to benzodiazepines and ‘Z’ drug tranquillisers, and sleeping pills (and drugs with similar effects) and who wish to withdraw from them, to do so as comfortably as possible, and to help them to make the changes necessary in life after withdrawal.

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The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence was created in September 2015 and will address the growing problem of prescribed drug dependence (PDD). Increasing numbers of prescriptions for addictive, psychoactive drugs are being given to both adults and children, including benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants and painkillers. While these drugs may help some people in the short term, there is growing evidence that long-term use leads to worse outcomes, and many patients report devastating persistent withdrawal and other negative effects. The APPG will engage with this issue by demanding appropriate services for those affected, proper training for medical professionals, reduced prescribing through adherence to new and existing guidelines, better data regarding the prevalence of PDD and more research into long-term harms associated with PDD.

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The CODEMISUSED collaboration is EU funded and aims to estimate and gain further understanding into the extent of codeine use, misuse and dependence in Ireland, the UK and South Africa, in order to design protective mechanisms for pharmacies to be able to track, monitor, support and refer people for treatment. There is limited evidence available on the factors associated with and outcomes of use.