Opioids Feel Like Love. That’s Why They’re Deadly in Tough Times.

Posted on AllSides December 7th, 2021
From The Center
Xavier Lissillour
OPINION

I had told myself that I’d never try heroin because it sounded too perfect. It’s like “warm, buttery love,” a friend told me.

When I did yield to temptation — in a fit of rage over a boyfriend’s infidelity in the mid-1980s — that’s what I experienced. It wasn’t euphoria that hooked me. It was relief from my dread and anxiety, and a soothing sense that I was safe, nurtured and unconditionally loved.

Science now shows that this comparison is more than metaphor. Opioids mimic the neurotransmitters that are responsible...

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/06/opinion/us-opioid-crisis.html

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