Virtual reality headsets which transport users to grassy fields or allow them to fly through the skies are being used to fight the growing opioid epidemic in the US. Around 100 clinics and hospitals across The Atlantic are now working with technology giant Samsung to provide patients with an alternative to addictive painkillers.

Trials have shown that the headsets take people’s mind off their wounds or injuries, and can reduce pain by as much as 53 per cent, and anxiety by more than 60 per cent, which is the equivalent of medication. Recent figures show that opioid addiction in the US kills more people than breast cancer, with around 42,000 deaths a year and is thought to cost the economy $2.6 Read more from telegraph.co.uk…

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