Opiod drug use: Is the UK on the verge of a crisis?

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The use and abuse of opioid drugs – ranging from painkillers to heroin – is on the rise in the UK, particularly in deprived parts of northern England.

Some 24 million opioid drugs were prescribed last year, up 10 million in a decade, and that the means the UK has the third-fastest use of them.

For Politics Live, John Owen reports from Scarborough.

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Opiods: Is the UK on the verge of a crisis?

The use and abuse of opioid drugs – ranging from painkillers to heroin – is on the rise in the UK, particularly in deprived parts of northern England.

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