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A monthly shot for opioid addiction: An option for some

By: Wynne Armand, M.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications On average, 44 people in the United States die every day from an overdose of opioid prescription painkillers. These drugs — such as Vicodin, Percocet, codeine, and morphine — reduce the brain’s recognition of pain by binding to certain receptors in the body. With continued use, a person can develop a physical dependence on these drugs, such that withdrawal symptoms occur if the drug is…

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