T The amount of prescription drugs for potent badgesics in England has almost doubled in 10 years, it was reported.
The increase in people taking opioids such as morphine has led doctors to warn that people are becoming addicted in larger numbers.
The drug family also includes codeine, tramadol and fentanyl, which is much stronger.
According to the BBC, some 28.3 million opiates were prescribed by family doctors in 2017, the equivalent of 2,700 packages and time.
The figure is about 10 million more than the number of opioid prescriptions in 2007.
Opioids are prescribed to treat severe pain only after consulting with a family doctor or pain specialist.