Opioid painkillers can lead to addiction and depression. A recent study of narcotic pain medications, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and Demerol, to name a few, shows that patients who remained on these drugs for longer than six months were more likely to experience major depression than those who never took opioids. The study, conducted by Saint Louis University in Missouri, examined medical records of more than 50,000 military veterans. The records indicate that the risk of depression increases with higher doses of opioids. Among the factors affecting the link between opioids and depression are side effects of the drugs, such as hormonal changes and vitamin deficiencies. Opioids also affect brain chemistry, which causes confusion in an individual’s ability to experience pleasure.
Mental Health of Children, Teens Affected By Opioid Painkillers
In another study, reveal mental health issues of young children and teenagers are often connected to opioid use. Young people who suffer from depression and chronic pain are more likely to be prescribed an opioid drug. Nearly 90 percent of prescription drug misuse among high school students involves opioids. Dr. Laura Richardson of Seattle Children’s Research Institute said the study shows the necessity of paying close attention to the length of time children are prescribed opioids. She also said long-term use of opioids often tends to run in families, and if doctors are aware of this trend, they can take precautionary steps.
LVRC Offers Drug-Free Solutions
Our staff understands the far-reaching effects of opioids. We have a proven success record in helping people deal with chronic pain issues without the use of opioids. Our research shows that patients who came in with pain levels of 7 out of 10, were able to discharge with a reduced pain level of 2.4. Our therapists work with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. We can provide the tools and resources needed to live a productive life. Call us today at [phone] to see how we can help you achieve chronic pain recovery. Add your thoughts and comments below and follow us on Facebook!