A recent study has concluded that when individuals take acetaminophen (A.K.A. Tylenol), they can experience a loss of empathy for other people’s pain as well.

Empathy is an important characteristic for humans to have as it encourages societal bonding and group care, but those who take pain pills may find that their concern for others dulls just as their own pain fades.

It’s an interesting side effect of the pain management medication, and raises quite a few questions about drugs’ effect on the human brain.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com