Opioids to Carry Warning in UK
After colossal opioid addiction figures from the US, the UK is to implement an addiction warning on all opioid medicines.
Despite the move, critics state that a warning will not solve the underlying crisis.
Around 12 million Americans are thought to be addicted to opioids, and 2018 saw a record number of deaths due to opioid addiction.
The UK is among the biggest consumers of opioids in Europe, yet while the drugs are effective for acute emergency pain, in 90% of long-term chronic pain cases, they do not even work.
The prescription opioid crisis in the US is now so severe that in 2017 the country’s Department of Health declared a national emergency.
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