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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Hope For Suppressing The Addictive Effects Of Prescription Opioids?

When someone hears the word Vicadin or morphine they might often think about the negative effects of these drugs as they are extremely addictive and are also used recreationally for their psychotropic effects.  A great number of people have been prescribed an opioid painkiller such as Vicadin, Codeine, or Oxycodone for various different reasons such…
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The Role Of Glutamate In Opioid Addiction

This week in class we learned about opioid addiction and the role that glutamate plays in it.  Opioids enjoy widespread use as pain relievers, some well known opioids are codeine and morphine.  They are specifically used in order to treat acute pain, or in order to treat chronic, disabling pain that is associated with terminal…
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