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    Increase in Opioid
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A study by the University of Manchester has warned that opioid prescriptions have been steadily rising in the UK between 2006 and 2017.

A study by the University of Manchester has warned that opioid prescriptions have been steadily rising in the UK between 2006 and 2017.

The University of Manchester conducted a study of 2 million opioid users and have found that prescriptions of codeine have jumped by a factor of five, from 484 prescriptions per 10,000 in 2006 to 2,456 per 10,000 in 2017.

The study also found 1 in 7 of all new opioid users became long-term users within the first year.

Codeine tends to be sold in combination with other painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen and can be accessed over the counter. The drug works by blocking pain-transmitting receptors in the brain and mimicking natural endorphins in a more intense way. However, the brain can quickly build up a tolerance to the drug which can lead to addiction as you can feel that you need to continue taking more.

Increasing numbers of prescriptions from GP’s had been implicated in the long-term opiate use found in the study, but there has been an argument that this simply reflects the needs of the patients being presented to them.

At Kenward Trust, we provide therapeutic support to those who are affected by addiction to prescription medication in our residential rehabilitation centre, as well as through counselling and group work in our Day Treatment programme. If you are struggling with an addiction to prescription medication addiction then please do get in contact with a member of our team to find out more about our services, and how we provide you support.

To contact us give us a ring on 01622 814187 or email admission@kenwardtrust.org.uk

Sources: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/dramatic-escalation-in-opioid-use-over-a-decade-revealed/

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