Opioids continue to cause unintended consequences

Summary and Analysis

A sad reminder that widespread use of prescription drugs comes with unintended consequences that often show up in the most unanticipated ways. 

The message of this story is not merely a disturbing footnote to the current opioid crisis. It serves as a reminder to communities and policymakers that if we implement widespread use of opioids to "treat" opioid addiction (the "solution" being marketed by Medication-Assisted Treatment drug manufacturers) there will be unintended consequences.

 

Excerpted from AP

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Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained clean mussels from Penn Cove on Whidbey Island and put them in different areas to test for water contamination, KIRO-TV reported this week.

Scientists worked with the Puget Sound Institute to analyze the data and discovered three out of 18 locations came back positive for trace amounts of oxycodone.