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DUD DRUGS? How Painkillers Might Be Making Your Fibromyalgia WORSE, Experts Warn
Tuesday 22 January 2019
DUD DRUGS? How painkillers might be making your fibromyalgia WORSE, experts warn
8 million people live with chronic pain in the UK. Does that mean we're about to see a massive opioid crisis on our shores?
PAINKILLERS may be making agonising pain worse, experts have warned.
Rather than giving fibromyalgia sufferers relief, opioid painkillers actually seem to be making chronic conditions worse - with doses having to be regularly increased.
Currently, around 8 million people in the UK live with pain that goes on for longer than three months.
And to treat that, GPs have been prescribing millions of opioid painkillers.
According to a BBC investigation, GPs prescribed a terrifying 23.8 million opioid painkillers to people across the UK in 2017. That's 10 million more than in 2007.
Nearly half of these patients were prescribed opioids in bulk.
Four out of ten patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain, for instance, take three or more opioids simultaneously, typically codeine plus tramadol and morphine, according to a 2018 study in the journal BMJ Open.
In the USA, concerns over an "opioid epidemic" have been growing.
During 2017, nearly 50,000 opioid overdose deaths were recorded in the states. Today, two million Americans are addicted to opioids and there are around 115 deaths a day from misuse.
Now, a leading expert is warning that the UK could face a similar crisis.
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