An evidence-based guide about what the science of opioid addiction recommends for people trying to help a loved one suffering from addiction.
The UK has stepped up training to help emergency physicians, who are often focused on the immediate need to save a life, to think more for the long term.
Virtually all long-term users surveyed said that they were introduced to the drugs by a doctor’s prescription, not by friends or through illicit means. But more than 6 in 10 said doctors offered no advice on how or when to stop taking the drugs. And 1 in 5 said doctors provided insufficient information about the risk of side effects, including addiction.