Opioid painkillers are usually go to patients who enter the emergency room. However, now they are available over the counter.
New research suggests that pain relievers such as Tylenol and Motrin work just as well as opioids when it comes to relieving pain.
Results from the research did a challenge on treating short-term pain when it comes to ER patients.
During the study, the made sure to look at short-term pain relief with emergency room patients. However, they did not monitor the how patients chose to manage their pain after releasing from the hospital.
Be that as it may, the opioid epidemic is of epic proportions. Over 2 million American have an addiction to either painkillers or heroin.
Opioid Problem Now An Epidemic
The results from the study came out on Tuesday from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
It first started with prescriptions for painkillers for a short period. Incidentally, the use of the drugs has risen over the last years.
Past studies show that opioid prescriptions were nearly one-third of what they are today.
411 adults were apart of the study, and they all were receiving treatment at two different emergency rooms. The injuries of the patients were leg and arm fractures and sprains. Some were to take Tylenol and Motrin together; Some had to take oxycodone, hydrocodone or codeine.
The patients did not know if they were given the opioids or the Tylenol. Also, the patients pain levels were recorded before taking the pills and two hours afterward. On an average, the score for pain went down from 9 on a ten point scale to 5, without people being able to notice the difference.
Patients rated their pain levels before taking the medicine and two hours later. On average, pain scores dropped from almost 9 on a 10-point scale to about 5, with negligible differences between the groups.