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Longterm opium use doubles risk of death from illnesses

Kent posted in on April 18th, 2012.

Longterm opium use – even in relatively low doses – is associated with almost double the risk of death from causes such as circulatory diseases, respiratory conditions and cancer, researchers say. Although the study of  50,045 people in Iran’s Golestan Province focused on opium for recreational purposes, the research also has significant implications for medicinal uses […]

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