Various Media: Dramatic escalation in opioid use over a decade

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 15/10/2020

Description

Whilst opioid prescribing for non-cancer pain has risen in the U.S. and Canada, trends over time and factors associated with long-term use have been less clear in the UK. Researchers at the University of Manchester evaluated  ~2 million opioid users in the UK and identified regional, practice, prescriber-related and individual patient factors associated with long-term opioid use.

Prescriptions for the addictive drug codeine jumped by a factor of five between 2006 and 2017. Other opioid drugs such as tramadol and oxycodone were used less commonly, but had even steeper rises during this time frame. Additionally, one in seven of all new opioid users became long-term users within the first year.

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Media coverage

TitleNew study shows escalation in UK opioid use over the last decade
Media name/outletHealth Europa
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date23/10/20
URLhttps://www.healtheuropa.eu/new-study-shows-escalation-in-uk-opioid-use-over-the-last-decade/103453/
PersonsMeghna Jani, William Dixon
TitleBritain on the brink of opioid addiction crisis as prescriptions for powerful painkillers rocket
Media name/outletThe Sun
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date20/10/20
URLhttps://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12972326/britain-brink-opioid-addiction-crisis-painkiller-prescriptions-rocket/#comments
PersonsMeghna Jani, William Dixon
TitleOpioid prescriptions in the UK rose between 2006 and 2017, study suggests
Media name/outletGazette & Herald
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date15/10/20
URLhttps://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/national/18798253.opioid-prescriptions-uk-rose-2006-2017-study-suggests/
PersonsMeghna Jani, William Dixon
TitleOpioid prescriptions in the UK rose between 2006 and 2017, study suggests
Media name/outletThe National
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date15/10/20
URLhttps://www.thenational.scot/news/uk-news/18798253.opioid-prescriptions-uk-rose-2006-2017-study-suggests/
PersonsMeghna Jani, William Dixon
TitleAlarm as study reveals rising number of Britons who take opioids
Media name/outletThe Guardian
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date15/10/20
URLhttps://printmonitoringservice.vuelio.co.uk/file/displaypdf?articleid=1308114&clientname=4086_UniversityofManchester_PRINT&filename=499963121.pdf
PersonsMeghna Jani, William Dixon
TitleWarning of an addiction crisis as pain pill use soars
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletDaily Mail
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date15/10/20
URLhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8844507/Addiction-Dramatic-rise-UK-opioid-use-prescriptions-CODEINE-jump-five-fold-10-years.html
PersonsMeghna Jani, William Dixon