Vicodin, Morphine, Heroine, Oh My!

In society today, doctors give out pain medication in the class of opioids like they are candy. For things from a tooth ache to surgery, the range of ailments which one can be prescribed opioids for is rather large. Opioids include codeine, hydrocodone (vicodin), oxycodone, and morphine. You may be thinking: why is this a…
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Opioids, A Pain Killer? Or Cause Of Pain?

Pain — A spasm in your back, a toothache, recovering from a fracture or dislocation, a degree of discomfort following surgery; it comes in many forms, but usually gets treated with some form of pain pill from Tylenol to hydrocodone (Vicodin).   The reason many of the drugs that help relieve pain are effective is…
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Can We Control Our Addictions To Pain Medications?

Throughout late medical history we have seen extensive abuse of pain medications as they are highly addictive to those who are prescribed them. These highly effective medications for pain are also called opioids. An opioid is a type of psychoactive chemical working by binding to its complimentary opioid receptors. These are primarily found in the central nervous…
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Codeine Candy For Halloween!

Common prescription painkillers are being handed out like free smoothie coupons from doctors. Does your back hurt? Get some codeine. Pain in your left foot? There’s some vicodin for that. Twisted your neck the wrong way looking at the new coworker? I’m sure your doctor would be more than able to get some morphine for…
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Overprescription Of Opioids Leads To Dependence

Opioids usage has become as common as taking daily vitamins. An opioid is a psychoactive chemical which diminishes the sensation of pain. The common name for opioids are painkillers. Whether over-the-counter or not painkillers are one of the most easily obtained drugs on the market. Today’s society relishes the abundance of these painkillers and continues…
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