Pain. The painkillers-called “opioids” – because acting as opium (in the illustration, the flowers of the poppy) and so very addictive – are increasingly consumed in France and lead to more hospitalizations and death, finds the national security Agency of the drug. “With the crisis of opioid in the United States, it was necessary to make a state of affairs in France, but the situation is not comparable !” reassures the Pr Nicolas Authier*, head of the department of pharmacology and pain at the university hospital of Clermont-Ferrand. 200 people die every day, in addition to – Atlantic from a drug overdose…

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