A third of UK pain sufferers worry about dependency on painkillers

A third of UK pain sufferers are concerned about the extent to which they depend on painkillers to manage their daily lives, according to a study by Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity.

The survey found that 33 per cent of those taking medication to alleviate their pain were worried about their reliance on painkillers. It also revealed that almost four in ten (37 per cent) required them simply to continue working.

And one third said they have taken time off work due to the pain or injury – of these people 28 per cent having taken up to a week and 16 per cent up to a month off work.

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