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Norway raises own opioid alarm

Norwegian researchers sound alarms over a sharp rise in the use of the painkiller Oxycodone. It’s now eight times as high as it was just 15 years ago, with doctors unaware of how addictive it can be.

This is the same drug that is linked to an epidemic of overdose deaths in the United States. The drug has been blamed for creating a whole new group of drug addicts in the country, which has led to many deaths, writes Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) this week.

Thomas Clausen, head of the Center for Addiction Research and Addiction Research at the University of Oslo, is concerned about the development.

“No, I don’t think we’re going to end up where the United States is, with thousands of deaths linked to this drug. But we have called for caution because we would like to reverse this development early and before it becomes a public health disaster in Norway.”

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