[HARMRED] Opium Study Raises Questions About Opium-Derived Painkillers
clear at harmreduction.org
Thu Apr 19 13:15:22 CDT 2012
Anyone else find this an odd study with odd conclusion?
On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM, Mark Kinzly <markkinzly at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Opium Study Raises Questions About Opium-Derived Painkillers
> [image: poppy and syringe]
> A new study that links opium use with serious health problems, including
> cancer, circulatory diseases and respiratory problems, has implications for
> opium-derived painkillers such as morphine and codeine, CNN<http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/17/opium-study-raises-questions-about-painkillers/?hpt=he_c2>reports.
> The study of more than 50,000 people in Iran found an 86 percent increased
> likelihood of death from major causes among those who used opium, even at
> modest levels. The researchers took into account factors such as poverty
> and cigarette smoking, which could affect the outcome. The article notes
> the study does not prove opium causes the increased risk of death, since it
> did not randomly assign participants to use opium or not.
> Most opium users in the study did not begin taking the drug because of a
> pre-existing illness, the researchers reported in the British Medical
> Journal <http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e2502>.
> In an accompanying editorial <http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e2617>,
> Irfan Dhalla, of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, noted other research
> has supported the conclusion that there is an increased risk of death from
> opioids apart from the chance of an accidental overdose. “For the
> management of chronic non-cancer pain, a better prescription may be
> caution,” Dhalla wrote.
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