On 16th May, the OECD published a news release saying that governments should treat the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis and improve treatment, care and support for people misusing opioids. Overdose deaths continue to rise, fuelled by an increase in prescription and over-prescription of opioids for pain management and the illicit drugs trade, according to a new OECD report. The report examines how, over the past few years, the crisis has devastated families and communities, especially in North America. It documents that deaths are also rising sharply in Sweden, Norway, Ireland, and England and Wales. Between 2011 and 2016, in the 25 OECD countries with available data, opioid-related deaths increased by more than 20%.
The report is available at –