Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression

http://www.drugs.com/news/narcotic-painkiller-tied-higher-risk-depression-55732.html

Although the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect…  The findings are published in the February issue of the journal Pain. After the study was accepted for publication, the investigators continued their research and found “that most of the risk of depression is driven by the duration of use and not the dose,” Scherrer said in a journal news release…

They spend an awful lot of money on studies that don’t prove anything.  And what about the prevalence of depression in pain patients who don’t take prescription drugs?  What are the “experts” going to blame that on?  Junk science is what this is…

4 thoughts on “Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression

  1. There is also the fact that being in chronic pain is depressing. It changes one’s life, it results in a shift in identity that many people
    may not find ego syntonic. It would be interesting to see a study of the response of pain patients who received supportive psychotherapy as an adjunct to their pain medication.

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    • The studies I’ve read about adding psychotherapy (for the treatment of addiction) all say the results are better… Of course, if depressed people had someone to talk to every week, it’s no wonder that they improve. Too bad it’s so expensive.

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