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Ban term ‘painkiller’ to end obsession with drugs

Ban term ‘painkiller’ to end obsession with drugs

Health
The term "painkiller" should not be used, to help bust the myth they cure pain, a government adviser suggests.Prof Jamie Coleman said the phrase raised unrealistic expectations - with "pain-reliever" a better option.Research suggests just one in 10 patients seeking help for long-term pain, benefit from strong painkillers.Prof Coleman also said he was in favour of ending the over-the-counter sale of low-dose codeine drugs in pharmacies, to combat prescription drug addiction.He said even in low doses, the medication could become addictive, and users risked serious side-effects, such as vomiting and nausea.Prof Coleman, who is part of a working group looking at the use of opioid medication for the government in England, said making such drugs prescription-on...
Tragic DJ Avicii hooked on ’20 pills a day’ as he battled chronic painkiller addiction

Tragic DJ Avicii hooked on ’20 pills a day’ as he battled chronic painkiller addiction

Entertainment
The Swedish superstar DJ took his own life a year ago today aged 28. He suffered acute pancreatitis after heavy drinking while on a gruelling tour schedule.Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, had UK No1s with I Could Be The One and Wake Me Up, and played to sold out venues around the world.He retired from touring in 2016after battling opioid addiction and anxiety. The true toll of his punishing schedule on his health is laid bare in a new documentary.Avicii: True Stories, to be broadcast today on BBC Three, reveals he was taking 20 painkillers a day including addictive opioid Percocet.He ended up in hospital in 2014 while on tour in Australia after being taken ill on the flight. During the documentary, the DJ can be heard asking to be discharged so he could carry on with his tour.Doctors ...
Study: Non-addictive painkiller is safe, effective in animals

Study: Non-addictive painkiller is safe, effective in animals

Health
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Scientists have developed a safe and non-addictive painkiller as an alternative to current opioids, according to a study of animals. A new chemical compound called AT-121 suppressed the addictive effects of opioids but produced morphine-like analgesic effects in non-human primates. The research by scientists at the Wake Forest School of Medicine was published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. "Misuse of prescription opioids, opioid addiction and overdose underscore the urgent need for developing addiction-free effective medications for treating severe pain," the researchers wrote in the study. The National Institute on Drug Abuse supported the research. "In our study, we found AT-121 to be safe and non-addictive, as well as an effective pain medica...