By Rachel Moss in Huffpost.
The amount of opioids doctors are prescribing patients has significantly increased over the past decade, potentially contributing to the rise of opioid misuse and addiction, new research suggests.
Worldwide, the use of prescription opioid painkillers more than doubled between 2001 and 2013. The researchers said in some countries, including the US Canada, UK and the Australia, “the growth of opioid dispensing over time has been linked to increases in harm related to opioid misuse and abuse”.
Common opioids prescribed for pain management in the UK include codeine, dihydrocodeine, tramadol, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, buprenorphine and diamorphine.
In January, exclusive data shared with HuffPost UK by UKAT, a chain of private treatment centres, suggested a 45% rise in admissions for codeine addiction in the past three years.
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