All opioid dispensing data (including for cancer pain and palliative care) are included in this dashboard to provide an overall picture of opioid use in Aotearoa. However, much of the content refers to the use of opioids for persistent non-cancer pain where, despite being considered a third-line option, a significant volume of dispensing occurs.
The "Percentage of population" option in the filter is calculated by dividing the number of people dispensed the medicine in a particular demographic group by the total number of people in that demographic group (at a national level, and at a practice and practitioner level).
This data story shows the number of patients dispensed different opioids.
Strong opioids use over time
This data story shows the number and proportion of patients who have had strong opioids dispensed over the last four years.
Strong opioids treatment duration
This data story shows how many patients were dispensed strong opioids for fewer than six weeks, and for six weeks or longer.
Concomitant opioid use with sedative-hypnotics
This data story shows, of the people who were dispensed a strong opioid, the proportion who were also dispensed a sedative-hypnotic.