The Prescription Drug Death Epidemic
While it was released about a year ago, an excellent article on the issue of prescription drug deaths was published on the CNN website. The information in this article bears repeating and should be considered by every person in the U.S.
Here are some of the important points:
- People die of prescription drug overdoses “20,000 times a year — every 19 minutes, on average”
- “Accidental overdoses are now a leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, surpassing car crashes.”
- “we now prescribe enough pain pills to give every man, woman and child one every four hours, around the clock, for three weeks.”
- “80% of the world’s pain pills are consumed right here in the United States”
- “after just a few months of taking the pills, something starts to change in the body. The effectiveness wears off, and patients typically report getting only about 30% pain relief, compared with when they started.”
- “a subgroup of these patients develop a condition known as hyperalgesia, an increased sensitivity to pain.”
Pain drugs generally mask pain rather than addressing the cause. If you have pain, start with a doctor who doesn’t see drugs as the solution. Better yet, start with a doctor who’s philosophy doesn’t even include drugs, like a doctor of chiropractic.