PressTV-Britain sees dramatic surge in opioid deaths

Health authorities in the United Kingdom have reported a dramatic surge in the number of deaths caused by opioids across the country.

Data provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Monday that fatalities involving opioid fentanyl were up by 29% last year, saying a total of 75 people died as a result of using the drug which can be100 times stronger than heroin.

The ONS said that a total of 3,756 people were recorded as dying from legal and illegal drugs in England and Wales in 2017, adding that two thirds of these deaths were accidental and related to drug misuse.

Numerous reports have suggested that doctors in the NHS, Brittan’s national health provider, have prescribed more powerful drugs as painkillers over the past years. An investigation by the BBC found that such an increase was dramatic over the course of past year, saying that 10 million more patients had received opioids in 2017 compared to 2007.

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