Published in February 2019, Sunday Times journalists found that opioids are prescribed four times more in the north of England than in London. Three times as many people die in northern England than London, as a result of taking addictive prescription drugs.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, UKAT CEO and Founder Eytan Alexander called on GPs to make urgent changes to their opioid prescribing practices. He said: “GPs must accept responsibility for consistent overprescribing. A rate of 79 packs per minute is just not acceptable. It is vital that alternatives to medication are provided for the management of patients with long-term pain, a condition for which we know opioids have little place.”
The Sunday Times investigation into addictive prescription drugs and opioid addiction found that:
For short-term pain management, opioids can be effective. Patients benefit from strong painkillers after serious accidents and operations. Women in labour are frequently prescribed opioids to manage pain. Palliative care often involves opioid prescribing, to ease suffering when people have life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
For chronic pain, opioids do not work for the majority of people who take them. Long-term opioid use typically decreases the quality of life, leads to debilitating side effects and can result in addiction. Opioid withdrawal is often extremely painful,
physically and mentally. Withdrawal symptoms include flu-like symptoms, mood swings, moderate to severe pain, nausea and vomiting, insomnia and more.
You can read more here about opioid prescribing for chronic pain in the UK. This blog post explains why UKAT will continue to raise awareness about the dangers of strong opioids.
At UKAT, we believe the most effective treatment for opioid addiction is abstinence-based detox and rehab. Our addiction treatment centres across the country provide intensive programmes, using a wide range of addiction treatment models and therapeutic techniques.
We start from the premise that addiction recovery is possible for everyone, no matter how long you’ve been using or what has happened during your addiction. Treating opioid addiction usually involves safe detoxification, to help you withdraw
safely from physical dependence to addictive prescription drugs or street opioids. Our rehabilitation programmes focus intensively on uncovering the reasons why you’re addicted, rather than what or how much you use.
If you’re suffering from opioid addiction, including long-term dependence on addictive prescription drugs, please call our helpline today. We’ll assess your situation and explain the options for addiction treatment with UKAT.
If you successfully complete our 90-day inpatient treatment program, we guarantee you'll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30 days of treatment.