Opioid prescriptions rise in England despite poor efficacy and harms, finds studyBMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k706 (Published 13 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k706
- Gareth Iacobucci
- 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 …