GPs prescribe more opioid drugs for pain in poorer areas of England
Study finds nine areas in the north among top 10 highest prescribers in the country
People living in deprived areas of England are more likely to be prescribed opioid drugs for pain relief than those in wealthier parts of the country, according to research.
A study found GPs in parts of Blackpool and St Helens prescribe the highest levels of opioids in England. Five areas in north-east England and four areas in the north-west were among the top 10 highest prescribers.