"The Royal College of GPs said doctors would not prescribe opioid painkillers as a `quick fix`."
"Opioids such as morphine, tramadol and fentanyl are super-strength painkillers, which can be highly addictive and can kill if misused."
"An investigation by BBC News has found:
GPs in England prescribed 23.8 million opioid-based painkillers in 2017, the equivalent of 2,700 items every hour.
This was 10 million more prescriptions than in 2007.
The prescribing rate of opioid painkillers in parts of northern England is four times higher than in London."
This problem has reached epidemic proportions in the United States: