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Opioid prescription painkillers, doled out like candy by Big Pharma’s drug dealers, are now claiming more lives per year than two of the hardest illegal drugs in the nation — surpassing both heroin and cocaine in their total related deaths.
It all has to do with how these prescription pharmaceuticals work in the brain, and how many individuals around the country are easily acquiring them to feed their deadly habits.
Whether society considers a certain drug immoral or medicinal doesn’t have any influence on what it actually does to your body. The fact is prescription-fed opioid users are damaging their health just like a street junkie.
Prescription painkillers are known to ‘numb’ the pain, which is achieved by their ability to bind to brain receptors and decrease your body’s ability to process pain signals. As a result, it’s easy to enter into this ‘feel good’ state to the point of serious addiction and even physical dependence. Think similarly to a heroin user who needs to inject the drug multiple times a day in order to reach the ‘high’ that they have become accustomed to.
But let’s look beyond the basic science of how painkillers work and into the largest study on the issue of painkiller deaths, which was recently conducted by McGill University in Canada. An impressing topic that truly does deserve thorough research, researchers from the team tracked the total death stats from both heroin and cocaine, and then compared them to the painkiller death figures that they collected from numerous top sources.
Published in the American Journal of Public Health, some key findings include:
So how is this still going on? Surely doctors must be taking precautions?