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How a 5-sentence minute helped fuel a opioid obsession crisis

Close to 200,000 Americans have died by overdosing on medication painkillers, and a new news traces some of a censure to 5 elementary sentences created scarcely 40 years ago.

The sentences, containing usually 101 words, seemed in a 1980 emanate of a New England Journal of Medicine. They shaped a letter to a editor that described a easy investigate of 11,822 sanatorium patients who took a analgesic painkiller during slightest once. The immeasurable infancy of those patients tolerated a drugs but incident, according to Jane Porter and Dr. Hershel Jick of a Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program.

“There were usually 4 cases of pretty good documented obsession in patients who had no story of addiction,” Porter and Jick reported. “The obsession was deliberate vital in usually one instance.”

In their view, a takeaway was clear: “We interpretation that notwithstanding widespread use of analgesic drugs in hospitals, a growth of obsession is singular in medical patients with no story of addiction.”

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