Opioid uses and risks – what students need to know
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Opioid uses and risks – what students need to know

Jennifer Trueland Health journalist

The medications are useful for managing acute pain but be mindful of risks, including the potential for addiction

Opioids are medications that help to reduce pain. ‘They work by replicating our natural endorphins – the natural pain-relieving chemicals that are produced in our body,’ says clinical matron for cancer services at Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Rhea Crighton.

Nursing Standard. 37, 9, 71-72. doi: 10.7748/ns.37.9.71.s22

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