By Clare Wilson
PRESCRIPTION painkillers containing opioids will soon come with a warning in the UK: “can cause addiction”. The decision, announced last month, is part of a range of measures the UK is taking in reaction to the opioid crisis gripping the US.
As medical use of these painkillers in the US has risen, so has the number of people getting hooked on them and graduating to illegal opioids such as heroin. Deaths from opioid overdoses have lowered the country’s life expectancy.
But pain specialists warn that …