Military using 'lollipops' as painkillers for soliders


POSTED: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 4:51pm

Military personnel have a new tool for treating pain: drug-laced lollipops.

Military doctors use pain killer lollipops on the battlefield for their fast acting qualities and now the medicine has come to hospitals closer to home.

A traditional morphine injector can take up to twenty minutes to take effect, and doctors say that is too long for our servicemen and women to be sitting in pain.

Within 5 minutes, the pain medication is absorbed into the bloodstream; it’s a rapid treatment that can also be rapidly stopped.

But some are worried the candy comparison could lead to the drug getting in the wrong hands.

“We counsel patients (and) the pharmacists counsel patients on keeping this medication completely out of sight of children who might think or misinterpret it as candy," said Lieutenant Commander Ian Fowler with the Naval Medical Center. "I try to disassociate that name ‘lollipop’ with the drug. It doesn't look like a lollipop, and it certainly shouldn't be confused as any sort of candy."

The new medicine is also used as way to help cancer patient because it's easier for them to swallow.

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