Truth About Painkillers

By Joel Thorsen

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What are Painkillers?

Painkillers are a drug prescribed from your doctors usually to people that are very ill or after a surgery and are very sore. They used to be only prescribed by a doctor but different types of painkillers like Okycodone or Meperidine are now street drugs. So while Painkillers makes you not feel the pain that you have it gives off a serious "high"

Taking Painkillers

Taking painkillers are usually swallowed but in some cases crushed to snort or to smoke in some cases.

Street Names

Some street names for painkillers are Vikes, Footballs, Juice, Demmies, 65's, Hillbilly Heroin, Perks. Those are all commonly used when talking about

History of Painkillers

Opium was delivered by pirates and was used for medical and recreational reasons. The most active ingredient in opium was morphine named after the greek god of dreams it’s a very strong painkiller but becomes dangerous for how addictive it is.

16th century the drug opium became as an alcoholic solution that was used as a painkiller. It was such a popular drug that in the American Civil War what they took Opium they became addicted to the drug.

Short Term and Long Term effects

Short Term effects: Confusion, vomiting, dizziness

Long Term effects: Increased risk of heart attack, death, coma, addiction,


Important/Interesting Facts

  • Since 2007 the most popular drugs were marijuana and prescription painkillers
  • 1 out of 10 high school seniors in the US admit that they abused prescription painkillers

  • 785 deaths in the state Florida was caused by Methadone a prescription drug that used to be used.

  • Doctors say painkillers addiction is one of the hardest addictions to treat.