Opioids in England: crisis averted?

Despite a 20% increase in opioid prescriptions per 1,000 population over the past decade, there are signs that a US-style opioid epidemic may have been averted.

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Source: NHS Digital and Office for National Statistics; data based on number of items dispensed in the community in England 2007–2017. US vs UK: International Narcotics Control Board; data from 2015–2017

 

Source: National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

 

Source: National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

 

Source: Prescription items: NHS Digital and Office for National Statistics; based on number of items dispensed in the community in England. Oral morphine equivalent: DataLab and Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, Oxford University

 

Source: Admissions: NHS Digital; includes admissions for poisoning, and mental and behavioural disorders, for prescription and illicit opioid use. Deaths: Office for National Statistics; includes prescription and illicit use

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, June 2019, Vol 302, No 7926;302(7926)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2019.20206735