Some thought provoking reading landed in my inbox this week about issues with addiction and pain relief medication.
First, I received news about Demerol due to Michael Jackson's use of the drug. I read how a Long Island anaesthesiologist and pain management specialist told Fox News that "Demerol has a tremendous amount of side effects" and "provides euphoria [which] basically makes the patient not care about their pain anymore."
The report went on to state that: Demerol acts on the central nervous system, tricking the brain by replacing the feeling of pain with a “high.” People who take Demerol for chronic pain often become addicted to the drug and require more and more of it to get the same effect. [emphasis mine]