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The addictive nature of the high-potency drugs combined with over-prescription and their recreational use, have led to a staggering number of opiate-related deaths.
According to CNN, 33,091 Americans died of an opioid overdose in 2015, while an average of 91 continue to die every day.
It means Britain is bottom of the G7 group of advanced economies, while Canada has surged to the top, with an expansion of 0.9 per cent in the period.
After Canada became the last G7 nation to report figures on Wednesday, the UK’s position at the bottom of the list was confirmed.
Opioids are highly addictive drugs, which affect parts of the brain that control both pain and emotions, encouraging the production of dopamine and producing a rush of euphoria.
Price increases are now outpacing wages according to the latest Office for National Statistics data.
The United States is now the worst country in the world for the abuse of heroin and other opiates, a study has found.
Before the Brexit vote, just under a year ago, the UK economy was flying high, outgrowing Germany, Japan and the US.
Now Britain is languishing alongside Italy, whose economy also grew at 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year.