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"Pain killers" is a term used to refer to prescription narcotics that are used to treat chronic and/or severe pain. Pain killers are similar to alcohol in that they repress the user's central nervous system. Some examples of pain killers commonly prescribed are Codeine, Methadone, Morphine, Percodan, Vicodin and Percocet. These kinds of medications can be prescribed for anything from severe back pain to a bad case of shingles to cancer.
The major problem with the frequent distribution and use of pain killers, however, is that they are highly addictive substances and can often lead people with non-addictive pasts to acquire addictive tendencies. If you are in chronic pain, but have a history of addictive substance use, it is highly recommended that you notify your primary health care physician and/or specialist prior to being prescribed any of the above. That way you can make an informed decision about the possible side effects of use, as well as receive information about any alternative forms of medication/treatment to alleviate pain. At the very least, it is crucial for anyone taking pain killers to have their intake monitored with scrutiny by the distributing physician.