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Study Finds Opioids Prolong Chronic Pain

Isabella Rolz5 months ago

Painkillers designed to prevent chronic pain, opioids, may actually prolong it, a new study suggests.

Details of the Study

Researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder found that even a brief exposure to opioids can cause long-term negative effects.

According to FOX News, study authors determined as little as five days of morphine treatment resulted in pain that persisted for several months by worsening pain signals from certain immune cells in the spinal cord.

According United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime emphasized that the United States is the country that uses opioids – opioids are also among the leading causes of drug-related deaths in the U.S.

People taking opioids like morphine, oxycodone and methane should immediately stop, after knowing that the implications both on the short and long-term are drastically severe.

The Growing Problem of Opioid Use and Abuse

The following information was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • More than 28,000 people died of opioid overdose in 2014.
  • Prescription opioids responsible for the most deaths were:
    • Methadone
    • Oxycodone
    • Hydrocodone
  • Overdose rates were highest among people aged 25 to 54 and non-Hispanic whites.


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