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British opioid drugs that carry new addiction labels



All opioid medicines in the UK will now carry warnings about their label dependency, a medical secretary said.

All opioid medicines in the UK will now carry warnings about their label dependency, a medical secretary said.

Comes after data revealed a 60% increase in opioid drug prescriptions in England and Wales over the past 10 years.

The number of recipes released in the Community in 2008 was 14 million, but in 2018 this figure rose to 23 million.

In England and Wales, in 2018, codeine-related deaths increased to more than 150 – more than double in 2008.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I was incredibly concerned about the recent increase in opioid addicts.

"Painkillers have been a major breakthrough in modern medicine and are extremely important to help people cope with their busy lives, but they must be handled with care."

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: "It is important that anyone who has a strong painkiller is only taking them as long as they are suffering from severe pain. Once the pain begins, the drugs do their job and it is important to switch to a counter of drugs like paracetamol that carry the same risk addiction that comes with long-term use. "

It builds on an extensive review of opioid drugs launched in February this year by a government drug regulator to reduce drug prescription and abuse.

This story was originally released by our sister publication Pulse


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