Last updated 19/12/2016

Opioids are a class of medicines that include morphine, methadone and oxycodone. Opioids have a number of benefits, but their use can be associated with adverse events and are known to cause harm to patients.

For this reason, the Health Quality & Safety Commission is partnering with district health boards (DHBs) in a national opioid collaborative from October 2014 to April 2016.

The goal of the collaborative is to reduce harm from opioids in DHB hospitals and build capability in medication safety and quality improvement.

Further information for DHBs is available below.

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