Morphine and traumatic memory

Published: April, 2010

Easing pain early on reduces risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.

People who sustain serious and painful physical injuries are at increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study of U.S. soldiers injured in Iraq — confirming the findings of two earlier studies — suggests that those who receive morphine for pain relief have a lower risk of developing PTSD later on.

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