Do You Take Painkillers? Read This Now

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Do You Take Painkillers? Read This Now

Post by chandoi on 31st January 2015, 12:19 pm

Pain is part of many Americans’ daily reality. As a result, so are painkillers.
However, according to a recent National Institutes of Health white paper, opioid drugs (or opiates) actually have little effectiveness in treating long-term chronic pain.
This is despite explosive growth in the use of the drugs during the past several years.
Opiates are a class of painkillers that mimic certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
Doctors prescribe opiates like hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Percoset) and codeine to relive pain and evoke a feeling of euphoria in the user.
The paper is a final report of a seven-member panel convened by the NIH last September. It finds many of the studies used to justify the prescription of opiates were poorly conducted or not in a credible amount of time.
Here’s the takeaway …
These opiates affect the body and mind in the same way the street drug heroin does. (Heroin is also an opiate.)
Although the effects are the same, there is a disturbing contrast on the general attitude toward these pharmaceutical painkillers and the street drug heroin.
The attitudes may be different, but the effects are similar.

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