Further to a literature review carried out by Austin Health the following list of medications were identified as being associated with a high risk of misuse and or an elevated risk of deathAll schedule 8 medications
Certain schedule 4 drugs including: All Benzodiazepines All z-drugs Quetiapine Codeine
Other drugs that have not yet made it onto the “watch-list” include tramadol and the gabapentinoids. At the time of the original literature review these drugs were not found to be high risk. However, things may change as further evidence comes to light
Author: Ferghal Armstrong
Ferghal is an experienced medical educator and teaches the subject of pharmacotherapy to other doctors.