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We thank you for your continued support with the Painkillers Don’t Exist campaign.

LONG-TERM PAIN MEDICATIONS DON'T KILL PAIN, THEY MASK IT.

Prolonged use can leave lasting damage, including addiction.

It's estimated that 7.1 million adults in England take prescribed opioid medications or gabapentinoid pain medication. (Source: Public Health England, 2019)

In the last six months, almost 3 million painkillers have been prescribed in the North East and Cumbria alone. (Source: openprescribing.net)

I'd see three clown heads floating above me.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT PAINKILLER ADDICTION

Read real stories from people whose lives have been affected.

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