There have been a multitude of news articles recently about research coming out of the Montefiore Headache Center about the overuse of medications causing mediation overuse headache (rebound) and leading to chronic Migraine.
While it’s good that this information is being widely promoted, some people need to do more research into the topic before putting their hands to the keyboard. One example of this is an article published on redOrbit.com on Tuesday, “Migraine Medication Can Become Addictive.”
This research has nothing to do with addiction, and the researchers aren’t saying that using Migraine medications can lead to addiction. When someone is addicted to medications, they’re no longer taking them for relief of pain; they’re taking them for the emotional boost they get from them. That is not at all what this research is about.
Migraineurs have enough problems with public perception and stigma without fools using words like addiction where they’re totally inappropriate. We don’t need the stigma of the word “addiction” following us around too.
So, to the staff at redOrbit: If you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t write the articles or headlines. In addition to the potential damage you’re doing Migraineurs with this headline, you’re making yourselves look stupid.