Opioid dependence worst in deprived areas, Public Health England report suggests.
"Some opioids are highly addictive and can ruin lives like an illegal drug."
It's been a long-fought battle in the pharmaceutical industry. And now, consumer watchdog Which? has uncovered how some drugs firms are selling pain pills for 10 times the price of generic alternatives. It has never been a secret: it's just a matter of education.
During Filming I Quickly Came To Realise The Severity Of Northern Ireland's Dependence On Prescribed Medication
Addiction is a difficult thing to comprehend and something we, as humans, are all prone to. We lust for life, for pleasure, success, acceptance. It's not an easy picture to accept. Addicts are viewed as abnormal, pushed out to edge of society, their uncontrollable needs are deemed a weakness. We don't have the time or resources to understand the unknown.
In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.
"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.
Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), says in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that patients should be more pro-active about their health and 'pushier' with their GPs. How realistic is his view, and where does our responsibility towards ourselves as patients start and that of a medical professional end?
Addiction is like a chasm opening up before you and enticing you to keep walking despite the dire consequences ahead. Not that you are likely to realise the dangers at the time. My addiction 'of choice' was gambling.
I'll be watching and listening intently to the animosity the case against those Grillo girls has generated between Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson, but in the meantime I'll be making the recipe for the 'Holiday Hotcake' that she tweeted yesterday (along with the #TeamNigella').
It saddens me that for many who don't have a support network or the finance to see a therapist, they will be handed a box of pills to chemically alter their mood or thoughts.