Can prescription painkillers increase the risk of depression?

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(KTVI) - Long-term use of prescription-based painkillers increases the risk of depression. That's the result of a study by Saint Louis University Dr. Jeffrey Scherrer.

According to the study, 50,000 veterans who had no history of opioid use or depression and we're subsequently prescribed opioid pain killers.

Patients who started and remained on opioid for 180 days or longer had a 53 percent chance of developing depression.

The study suggest these findings suggest that the longer one is exposed to opioid analgesics, the greater is their risk of developing depression.

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