Heart diseases are one of the most common causes of death around the world. Drug consumption, use, or abuse, can increase the risk of heart conditions as it increases heart rate, can lead to a spike in blood pressure, and cause some serious complications.
According to the largest study conducted on opium use and outcomes, it was found that after bypass surgery use of opium is linked with more deaths and heart attacks, as opposed to the existing beliefs. According to a report in the Medical Dialogues, due to fear of withdrawals that can induce heart attacks, the use of opium post-surgery is not recommended.
The research was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology.
The United Nations Office on Drugs ad Crime estimated that in 2015, 17.7 million people globally, illicitly used opiates – opium, heroin, and morphine. It has also been reported that opium is the most commonly used substance after tobacco in the Middle East and many Asian countries. The two ways these drugs are used are by smoking or dissolving in tea and other drinks.
The perception that opium has certain health benefits could be the reason behind its widespread use. However, researchers say that while it may have benefits such as reducing blood glucose levels, lipid levels, etc, it may need to be discontinued for heart patients as it has been found safe with this study.