Pain lets us know when there is something wrong, but sometimes our brains can trick us.
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Trust Me I’m An Expert: The science of pain.
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Our podcast Trust Me, I'm An Expert, goes beyond the headlines and asks researchers to explain the evidence on issues making news. Today, we're talking pain and what science says about managing it.
Opioids don’t work for chronic pain, and can make it worse in the long-term.
Australia is facing a critical public health issue of poorly managed pain. The result is more opioid-related deaths than the road toll.
It’s misleading to say that withdrawing codeine-containing products from sale without a prescription will reduce codeine use.
The claim there is no evidence painkillers combined with lower doses of codeine are more effective in treating pain, is misleading. As are others in this debate.
Dependency on opioid painkillers is roughly twice as bad in rural and regional areas of Australia.
Dependency on opioid painkillers reflects what we already know about life in the small towns of Australia - people tend to have poorer health.
Though the codeine we take today is made synthetically, small amounts of codeine are actually found in the opium poppy.
About 8% of the population is unable to metabolise codeine, and a small number metabolise it at a much larger extent.
I’ve previously made the case that all codeine-containing pharmaceutical products be sold with prescriptions. In summary, there is mounting evidence that over-the-counter, codeine-containing medications…
Codeine-containing painkillers may soon no longer be available over the counter in Australian pharmacies.
Australia's drug regulator is looking into reclassifying codeine-based drugs as prescription-only. This is a good idea because the easy availability of these pinkillers is causing substantial harm.
Only around 10% of the codeine dose will give you analgesia, but 100% of it will give you side effects.
Commonly used over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen will usually be strong enough to alleviate common aches and pains. But if you’re suffering from acute pain from dental…
Any restriction on buying painkillers needs to be consistent with national privacy protection.
Earlier this week the ABC reported that a handful of pharmacists in Tasmania had engaged in community policing. They’re tracking the purchase of codeine-based painkillers, sharing information with their…