Health secretary Matt Hancock promises action after 60% increase in prescriptions in 10 years
All opioid medicines will have to carry prominent addiction warnings to protect people “from the darker side of painkillers”, health secretary Matt Hancock has announced.
The government action comes after data revealed a 60% rise in prescriptions for opioid drugs over the past 10 years, with the number of such medicines dispensed in the community (excluding hospital settings) having risen from more than 14 million in 2008 to 23 million in 2018.
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