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Morphine Cuts Both Pain and PTSD

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 17, 2010

Contractors seldom have the advantage of real medics on hand  who can administer morphine.   Seems that extra hour or more  laying in the dirt after being blown up would contribute to the trauma and subsequent PTSD.

By Todd Neale,  MedPage Today

The use of morphine may prevent the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel injured in combat, an observational study showed.

Those who received the drug during resuscitation or trauma care were about half as likely to later develop PTSD (OR 0.47, P<0.001), according to Troy Lisa Holbrook, PhD, of the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, and colleagues.

“Our findings suggest that the use of morphine after serious injury may be a first-line defense against the development of PTSD,” they wrote in the Jan. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

They said that any benefits, if causal, would likely be seen with other opiates as well.

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