Opioids have been around a long time. The opium poppy has been used for its therapeutic benefits almost as long as humans have been around. Opioids have one special ability: to block pain. They do this by decreasing both the perception of, and our reaction to, pain. Opioids also have the ability to increase pain tolerance.
As many as four million Americans may be taking opioids regularly to manage their pain. Most of these people are suffering from either low back pain or arthritis. Drugs like “Vicodin,” tramadol and “Darvocet” all purport to help ease Continue reading