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South Africans' alarming dependence on prescription pills

04 May, 01:37 PM

It is estimated that between 26.3 and 36.1 million people are dependent on opioids or painkillers worldwide.

According to a recent study*, in South Africa nearly 45% of people seeking treatment for prescription medicine dependence reported the use of opiate painkillers. Dr. Robert Delgado joined us in studio to tell us more about what he views as "mechanistic" versus "vitalistic" approaches to healthcare. Watch. 

*Study conducted by the Houghton House Drug Addiction Recovery Centre

SEE ALSO: Painkillers - are you treating the symptom, not the cause?

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