It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without pain relief. We depend on these drugs to an unspeakable degree, yet few of us know what’s available or how they even work. Here’s a quick primer on painkillers and why they’re so good at easing the pain.
We deal with pain on an almost daily basis. It’s nature’s not-so-subtle way of telling us that we should stop doing what we’re doing or that we’ve injured ourselves. In the future, owing to advanced biotechnological engineering, we may choose to replace this clunky method with something less unpleasant. But for now, we have to deal with it.