How Ireland got hooked on prescription drugs

Prescriptions for addictive painkillers up 1,000 per cent in a decade; one in ten medical card holders on sedatives, sleeping pills

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
4th February, 2018

Today, we can reveal a more than 1,000 per cent increase in the use of certain addictive painkillers in the last decade, with prescriptions for one drug, dubbed the new Valium, soaring from over 54,000 to over 652,000 in ten years.

According to data from the state’s Medicines Management Programme, this is part of a wider trend, with at least one in ten Irish people with medical cards being prescribed a variety of sedatives and sleeping tablets....

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