Current UK Data on the Misuse of Prescription Opioids

In addition to the clinical observation that many patients may be taking opioid medicines in high doses and deriving little benefit, a UK picture is emerging regarding misuse of prescription opioids by those for whom the drugs are not prescribed. Observers are aware that there are insufficient data available to make firm pronouncements about the extent of prescription opioid misuse in the UK but current publications indicate that misuse of prescription opioids does occur.

 

Data from the ONS on drug poisoning and drug misuse deaths
Prescription opioid misuse: Findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales
Data on the trends and activity from publicly funded substance use disorder treatment services in England