Could the simple solution for narcotic addiction be an iPod and some headphones? Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have conducted a study saying yes, it can. In the past 20 years the amount of pain killers prescribed has almost tripled. These narcotics are highly addictive and are often misused, especially when they are given out so easily. I had ACL surgery last year and was amazed at the amount of extra pills I had left over when I was feeling better. It would have been incredibly easy for me to keep taking the pills when I didn’t need them and become addicted, or to sell them to someone who is already addicted.
The study used various types of music; pop, country, rap, classical, etc. They also played it at different times of the possess, whether it be before, during, after, or all three. Another variable was the delivery method of the music; speakers or headphones. They found that the most pain was reduced when patience listened to music before the operation. The effectiveness decreased the later they listened to it, after the operation being the least effective. A wide range of surgeries were used, be it a simple colonoscopy to an open heart surgery.
One key variable was not affected in the study; no matter what variable was changed their hospital stay stayed the same. So, they found if patients listened to music their pain was reduced but they spent the same amount of time in the hospital. If I was to have surgery, I would absolutely choose to listen to music. Why suffer through more pain if there’s the possibility that doing something as simple as having earbuds in could cause less?