The UK is struggling with soaring costs for back-pain medicine as it struggles to cope with the cost of the opioid epidemic.

It is a challenge the government will be forced to confront as the number of prescription opioid overdoses rises.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said prescriptions for opioids increased by 5.9% between the end of last year and March.

The ONS said the rise in prescriptions was partly driven by an increase in people using the drug to treat conditions such as back pain, and also that the rise was related to the number that have been prescribed for the condition.

While the increase in prescription for opioids has been a big concern for many people, a new survey has found people are not as concerned about their health as they were a year ago.

The NHS National Survey of the Use of Prescription Opioids found that while the proportion of people who use opioids to treat their back pain has increased over the past year, the proportion who say they would take their pain medication for back symptoms has remained steady.

The survey of 1,000 people aged 16 and over found that almost half of people would take pain medication if they had back pain.

However, a third of people said they would not use pain medication, while more than half said they wouldn’t take their medication for chronic pain or other conditions.

The ONS survey also found that people are still more likely to be prescribed painkillers than for back conditions.

Nearly one in three people (28%) said they have taken their pain medicine in the past 12 months, compared with 23% in 2014.

The UK’s NHS is one of the largest health systems in the world.

While many people in the UK are not being given the option to opt for a pain management service, it is important that we get the best possible care for people who are experiencing pain.

The latest ONS data also found people aged 18 to 24 were the least likely age group to have taken opioids.

More:A survey carried out by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) showed that the majority of people were concerned about the cost for their back care.

It found that one in five people aged 15 to 44 said they were “very” or “somewhat” worried about the impact of the rise.

The NIHR said it would be a “huge mistake” to take opioids for back problems, because they have “little or no benefit”.

“The evidence suggests opioids are no more effective than other treatments and do not reduce symptoms of chronic pain, including chronic back pain,” said Dr Jonathan Wilson, lead author of the NIHR study.

“The NHS needs to consider the costs of prescribing opioids, as well as the risks and the benefits of taking them, before prescribing them to people with chronic pain.”