he number of prescriptions for powerful painkillers in England has nearly doubled in 10 years, it has been reported.
The surge in people taking opioids such as morphine has prompted doctors to warn that people are becoming addicted in greater numbers.
The family of drugs also includes codeine, tramadol and fentanyl, which is many times stronger.
According to the BBC, some 28.3 million opioids were prescribed by GPs in 2017, the equivalent of 2,700 packs an hour.
The figure is around 10 million more than the number of opioid prescriptions in 2007.
Opioids are prescribed to treat severe pain only after consultation with a GP or a pain specialist.
Full article – https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/16/nhs-creating-drug-addicts-figures-show-surge-prescriptions-powerful/