Update to the College standard: Safe Prescribing of Drugs with Potential for Misuse/Diversion

The College has obtained further feedback from the profession and has provided additional clarity on the following points:

  • The paragraph acknowledging prescribing in the context of palliative care and other select situations is now in bold text to make it easier to find.
  • Standard 13 better explains combinations that are considered “pharmacologically irrational” by the College’s expert reviewers.
  • Guideline 4 has been updated to include referral to a psychiatrist (where appropriate).
  • Guideline 8 has been reworded to clarify that tolerance to benzodiazepines may develop quickly (not always) and removed the sentence regarding sleep architecture and quality.