Health authorities have warned that prescription painkillers are being given to people who have not taken their medicine for a year, and that many are being prescribed too often.
The warning comes as some doctors are calling for an end to the practice of prescribing painkillers for patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, which is spread by sharing cough syrups and sharing food.
In a new report, the NHS Foundation Trust said it had seen a “sharp increase” in COVID infections and deaths.
It said a quarter of people who took part in the NHS Trust’s COVID prevention trial were taking painkillers at least once a month.
NHS Trust data shows that people taking the COVID drugs had a 1.5 times higher risk of being diagnosed with a COVID than people who had not been given any drugs.
They also had a 3.7 times higher chance of dying from the disease.
One in 10 people who were given a drug were taking more than one drug, the trust said.
Dr Michael Rimmer, the Trust’s chief medical officer, said the new guidelines were the result of a “rigorous and thorough review of the evidence”.
“There is no question that these drugs are very helpful, and the NHS is rightly concerned that the numbers are rising and are being used inappropriately,” he said.
“They are not needed as a treatment for the vast majority of cases.”
However, the new evidence from this study suggests that it is possible for a relatively small number of people to benefit from taking a drug that we know is potentially life-saving.
“As we move forward, the guidelines are likely to reflect this.”
The Trust’s new guidelines on COVID are available on its website.
There are no plans to introduce new COVID rules for COVID vaccines or for any new treatment for COIDs.
A report by the British Medical Association (BMA) said that in the past three years, only 17 people had died from COVID and a further nine had died of COVID pneumonia.
“We’re very concerned that these numbers are increasing and we need to act urgently,” said the BMA’s chief executive, Professor Sarah-Jane Smith.
She said there was evidence that the use of painkillers could be dangerous, particularly for those in vulnerable groups.
“If there is a need to prescribe a drug to someone with COI or to a child, there is evidence to suggest it could be fatal,” she said.
“We need to look at these drugs, as a whole, as they are being misused.”
Dr Rimmer said that as more people started taking the drugs, the number of cases of COIDs were being treated more intensively.
“It is a very serious concern,” he told the BBC.
For people who are using the drugs as prescribed, there are no side effects or side-effects with the drugs and they do not require a prescription,” he added.
Some experts believe that the new advice on COIDS could also mean that people will be more likely to stop taking the medication, as there are fewer people who need to be on it.”
There are fewer COID patients taking drugs,” Dr Rimmer added.”
And it is harder for people to stop them if there is less need for them.
“Dr Smith said that the NHS needed to do more to make sure that it was safe for people with COIDs to take the drugs.”
I would urge people to get their drugs, especially the painkillers, and to take them in the appropriate way.””
We need stronger and more robust guidelines on what people need to do to get on the medicines.”
I would urge people to get their drugs, especially the painkillers, and to take them in the appropriate way.
“But we should not take away the medicines that people need.”