Podcast: Opioid maintenance medicines for the treatment of dependence on opioid pain medicines

Some patients who take pharmaceutical opioids to treat pain become dependent on these drugs, and might need to switch to medications such as opioid agonists. In May 2016, a new Cochrane Review brought together the relevant evidence on this and we asked Suzanne Nielsen from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in Australia to tell us what they found.