Number of overdoses on painkillers DOUBLES in 10 years

There were 10,999 admissions in 2016/17 for poisoning by opioid painkillers and other narcotics, which include codeine, morphine and fentanyl, the data from NHS Digital shows.

The number of patients admitted to hospital for overdosing on painkillers has doubled in a decade, NHS figures show.Doctors say it is a 'very worrying' consequence of the pills being prescribed too readily.There were 10,999 admissions in 2016/17 for poisoning by opioid painkillers and other narcotics, which include codeine, morphine and fentanyl.This is up from 5,085 in 2006/7, although slightly down on 2015/16, when there were 11,660 admissions, the data from NHS Digital shows.Dr Jane Quinla...