Opioid prescriptions in Israel double in five years

A report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) details a rise in opioid prescribing in Israel between 2011 and 2016. In 2011, 5,000 tablets per 1 million people were issued every day; this rose to 10,000 tablets per day per 1 million people in 2016. The data mean that Israel has the largest recorded increase in opioid painkiller prescribing of any OECD country.