Following on the motto of this blog concerning not writing articles on topics that have already been fairly covered throughout different channels, I am again refraining from mentioning anything further on this matter. However, due to the medical relevance of this issue and our current easy access to hospital pain killers, prescription pills, the growing interest from pharmacovigilants has never been stronger, hence demanding a quick yet very important note.
A few days ago, the blog Science Mission posted a short summary to a really interesting topic of a classic doubt/suspicion that was on many people's heads. The public was concerned that opioids would be associated to higher incidence of Alzheimer's. When considering opioids, we don't immediately have to go for the hardcore street heroin; we can also look into its clinical cousin, the semi-synthetic opioid - diamorphine - used in hospitals.
Scientists performed studies on the relationship between long-term use of opioids and incidence of Alzheimer's and came to the conclusion that a direct cause-effect cannot be established or any blame attributed to the opioid itself. Be it due to duration of usage or even due to the sum of the different doses used.
Let's take a look into Science Mission's post where you can also find links to the articles debated.