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Opioid prescriptions rise in England despite poor efficacy and harms, finds study

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k706 (Published 13 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k706
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The number of opioid drugs prescribed in England is steadily rising despite a lack of effectiveness for treating chronic pain and their potentially serious side effects, a study has found.1

Researchers also found that opioid prescriptions by GPs are higher in deprived areas and northern England.

The retrospective observational study, led by Luke Mordecai, a pain research fellow at University College London Hospital, examined official government data on opioids prescribed in primary practice in England from August 2010 to February …

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