VARIOUS NATIONAL MEDIA: GPs prescribe more opioids for pain in poor Northern areas, study reveals

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 14/1/2019

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English patients living in poorer areas are likely to be prescribed more opioids by their GPs, according to a study led by University of Manchester and University of Nottingham researchers.

The research also shows how smoking, obesity and depression are all associated with more prescribing of the drugs for problems such as lower back pain and arthritis.

The study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy today, is a snapshot of 2015 data from the Office of National Statistics’ Index of Multiple Deprivation and a NHS Digital’s database of about 7,000 GP practices.

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/gps-prescribe-more-opioids-for-pain-in-poor-northern-areas-study-reveals/

Covered in the Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/14/gp-prescribe-more-opioid-drugs-pain-poorer-areas-england

Telegraph

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/15/overworked-gps-flinging-opioid-painkillers-patients-busy-properly/

Also Mirror and Express

 

 

Media coverage

TitleGPs prescribe more opioids for pain in poor Northern areas, study reveals
Media name/outletVarious
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date14/01/19
DescriptionEnglish patients living in poorer areas are likely to be prescribed more opioids by their GPs, according to a study led by University of Manchester and University of Nottingham researchers.

The research also shows how smoking, obesity and depression are all associated with more prescribing of the drugs for problems such as lower back pain and arthritis.

The study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy today, is a snapshot of 2015 data from the Office of National Statistics’ Index of Multiple Deprivation and a NHS Digital’s database of about 7,000 GP practices.

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/gps-prescribe-more-opioids-for-pain-in-poor-northern-areas-study-reveals/

Covered in the Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/14/gp-prescribe-more-opioid-drugs-pain-poorer-areas-england

Telegraph

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/15/overworked-gps-flinging-opioid-painkillers-patients-busy-properly/

Also Mirror and Express

URLhttps://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/gps-prescribe-more-opioids-for-pain-in-poor-northern-areas-study-reveals/
PersonsLi-Chia Chen, Teng-Chou Chen

Media contributions

TitleGPs prescribe more opioid drugs for pain in poorer areas of England
Degree of recognitionRegional
Media name/outletBBC Radio Lancashire
Media typeRadio
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date15/01/19
Description17:20
Producer/AuthorBrett Davison
URLhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06wh923?fbclid=IwAR3Q8R1BJ5_r_2MHkbtS_xqszULKouiaSvhYGiP4Q_bXLrL3O9RXciLJhEw
PersonsLi-Chia Chen

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