Amid the increase on prescription drugs, the NHS is bringing in new rules on prescribing painkillers in a bid to prevent a UK opioid epidemic.

Gillian Leng, of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, said, “NICE has been asked to develop a guideline covering safe prescribing of drugs associated with dependence and the management of withdrawing from these drugs.”

Leng added, “With an average of five opioid-related deaths reportedly in the UK each day, and growing concerns about dependence on prescription drugs, our recommendations will help drive improvements.”

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