UK faces painkiller dependancy disaster like US ‘in subsequent 5 years’

Investigators in a brand new BBC documentary discovered they might purchase prescription opiods over the counter (Image: Getty Photographs/iStockphoto)

The United Kingdom may face a US-scale painkiller dependancy disaster within the subsequent 5 years, a health care provider has warned.

A brand new BBC documentary has raised considerations about using prescription opiods, with investigators discovering they might purchase medicine like codeine, morphine and tramadol each over the counter and on-line very easily.

In the United States, prescription drug dependancy has been described as an ‘epidemic’, with roughly 17,000 deaths in 2011 in comparison to 9,000 in 2002.

Prescriptions in the United Kingdom have greater than doubled in 20 years, with one in 8 adults in England given an opioid in 2017-18, in keeping with figures from Public Well being England.

Within the BBC’s Addicted To Painkillers? Britain’s Opiod Disaster, Dr Michael Mosley purchased 8 containers of codeine – 240 capsules – in simply 45 mins from seven pharmacies in London.

Best two out of 7 are mentioned to have requested him the specified questions and he bought extra on-line the use of a faux identify.

Prescription drug dependancy has been described as an ‘epidemic’ in the United States, with 17,000 deaths in 2011 (Image: Getty Photographs/iStockphoto)

Within the documentary, Dr Nicholas Browne, a GP in Salford, Larger Manchester, printed he fears the United Kingdom may well be in a identical scenario to the United States within the subsequent 5 years.

He mentioned: ‘We’re already seeing indicators that that’s going down. And I will be able to see very simply slipping into that over the medium time period, the following 5 years, that we will be able to get started seeing step by step expanding unintentional overdose price.’

Greater than part one million individuals who were prescribed opioids in the United Kingdom were taking them steadily for greater than 3 years.

The longer other folks take the medicine for, the extra their our bodies adapt to them and this can lead to them taking upper doses to provide the specified impact.

The NHS spent virtually £240 million on opioid painkiller prescriptions in 2017-18.

Nearly £32 million used to be extensively utilized prescribing medicine to regard individuals who have been hooked on the painkillers, with greater than 3.1 million prescriptions made for this.

Extra: UK

Dr Cathy Stannard, a professional on opioids, mentioned painkiller dependancy used to be a ‘giant unrecognised drawback’.

She mentioned: ‘I’ve noticed so few people who find themselves addicted to those medications.

‘And when I’ve noticed them they’re all very high-achieving other folks in busy jobs with busy lives, coping smartly, coping smartly in spite of their dependancy, so (it’s) a masked dependancy, high-functioning for those who like.’

Addicted To Painkillers? Britain’s Opioid Disaster, which airs this Thursday, January 16, at 9pm.

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Sharan Stone

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Sharan Stone has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade and has contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and the Oakland Tribune. As a founder and journalist for Herald Writer, Sharon covers national and international developments.You can contact her at

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