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All Opioid painkillers will carry additional warnings on their labels highlighting the addiction risk, health secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

The health secretary’s statement came as a response to a report revealing an increase of more than 60 per cent in prescriptions for opioid painkillers in the last ten years in England.

“I’m very worried about overuse of opioids. We’re taking action to stop abuse before it’s too late,” the health secretary tweeted on Sunday.

According to BBC report, Hancock said people needed protection from the darker side to painkillers adding that the situation in the UK is not as bad as in the United States.

The health department’s warning points to the huge increase in opioid prescriptions, 14 million in 2008 to 23 million last year.

Not only morphine or fentanyl, but comparatively weaker opioids such as codeine-based painkillers can also cause addictions.

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