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This Resource Kit was prepared for the 'Improving Analgesia in Hospital Emergency Departments - Optimising Use of Pethidine' project. The project was completed in October 2003.

For more information on the project please contact

Our Position Statement on Pethidine Use for Pain Management in the Emergency Department, August 2004, can be downloaded:
PDF ~ 232 KB  |  MS_Word ~ 131 KB

Project resources

Information kit



NB The two posters 'Is Pethidine the Best Choice?' and 'Why Pethidine is the Wrong Choice' have identical content but different headings. Please use the heading which best suits your needs.

Final project meeting presentations, August 2003

Hospital Facilitators Workshop presentations, December 2002

Pain guidelines

NSW TAG has produced guidelines for rational use of opioids for GP prescribing in migraine, low back pain, chronic or recurrent pain. Patient brochures are also available. These can be accessed here.

Other resources

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    PDF ~ 199 KB  |  MS_Word ~ 89 KB
  • NSW TAG's position statement on tramadol
    PDF ~ 259 KB  |  MS_Word ~ 137 KB
  • NSW TAG identified the following articles of interest:
    • Palacioz K, Inapproriate meperidine use. Pharmacist's letter 2001; 17: 1117
    • Lee F, Cundiff D. Meperidine vs morphine in pancreatitis and cholecystitis. Arch Int Med 1998; 158: 2399
    • Helm JF, Venu RP, Geenen JE. Effects of morphine on the human sphincter of Oddi. Gut 1988; 29: 1402-7
    • Latta KS, Ginsberg B, Barkin RL. Meperidine-A Critical Review. American Journal of Therapeutics 2003; 9(1):53-68
    • Boothby LA et al. Academic Detailing of Meperidine at a Teaching Hospital. Hospital Pharmacy 2003; 38(1): 30-35

If you have trouble accessing these documents, please contact the TAG office and we will assist you.