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Painkiller Study Helps Tackle National Problem of Legal Drug Addiction

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  • People most at risk of developing painkiller dependence are those who have used painkillers more frequently, have a prior history of substance abuse, and are less able to cope with pain
  • Pain, prior substance abuse and psychological factors may all play a role in a person’s likelihood of addiction
  • Painkiller addiction is at epidemic levels; in the UK, significantly more people are addicted to over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription painkillers than to illegal drugs
  • Painkillers can lead to slowed breathing and death if too much is taken, and the risks are compounded if you add alcohol to the equation
  • The best way to avoid becoming addicted to painkillers is to avoid taking them for pain in the first place; seek to treat your pain with natural, drug-free options before resorting to OTC or prescription drugs

By Dr. Mercola

The war against illegal drug use has been going on for decades, but now it seems the "war on drugs" should have a new target… Legal drug addiction is taking lives in record numbers.


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