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Drugs for Physical and Emotional Pain Change Your Brain

Opioid Prescription

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  • Patients taking morphine daily for one month had a 3 percent reduction in brain gray matter volume
  • The reductions occurred in regions of the brain that regulate emotions, cravings and pain response
  • The morphine group also had increases in gray matter volume in areas related to learning, memory and executive function

By Dr. Mercola

Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen by a staggering 300 percent over the past 10 years. This drastic increase in the number of opioid prescriptions written and dispensed is thought to play a major role in the global problem of addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers.

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