Prescription opioid analgesics are depressants and killers

2013-11-02 09:51

There has been what appears to be an epidemic rise in the abuse of opioid analgesics. Drug abusers are using their physicians to get prescriptions for these drugs and they are getting them in large supplies on the black market. Opioid analgesics are dangerous drugs which have been shown in recent research to set off depressive episodes and which are associated with many premature deaths. Every segment of the society has been hit with this problem, including the nations highly vulnerable students.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention writes that the abuse of prescription drugs is growing at a dramatic rate across the United States. Opioid analgesics have lead the list of drugs responsible for drug overdose deaths. Over-prescribing of these drugs by physicians is a critical problem. However, among persons who died of opioid overdoses, a significant proportion got them off the streets. Reporting on the critical problem of abuse of these drugs among our youth, EmaxHealth reporter Robin Wulffson MD has written that teens are responsible for much prescription drug abuse.

Opioid analgesics are associated with increased risk for depression

The Journal of General Internal Medicine has reviewed research showing prescription opioid analgesics are associated with an increase in the risk of depression. In this study it was found as the length of opioid prescription increased the risk of depression increased significantly. This risk for a depressive effect from these drugs should be more carefully considered by physicians and patients alike.


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It shows once again that drugs, prescribed or otherwise are not the answer. Disease is not caused by a lack of drugs! Pain is a signal that something is amiss and needs to be investigated, not hidden!