Bob Rees from Pontypridd
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'My life is controlled by the pain'

The number of painkilling prescriptions being issued to patients in Wales has risen 20% in the past five years.

Experts say thousands of patients are receiving painkillers because specialist services to help them cope with chronic pain are underfunded.

Painkillers cost the Welsh NHS almost £50m last year.

In Wales, 30% of people are in pain and one in eight people suffer chronic non-malignant pain.

The BBC Wales current affairs series Week In Week Out spoke to four people - Bob Rees, Carol Ross, Julie-Anne Grey and Sian Finselbach - about their own experiences of pain.

Week In Week Out: Wales in Pain is on at 22:35 BST on BBC One Wales on Tuesday 28 May

  • 28 May 2013
  • From the section Wales
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