History of Opioid Painkillers
Many of today’s painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine are based on the opioid narcotics of the past. Opium and heroin made popular years ago are today regarded as highly addictive, dangerous and illegal. Today hundreds of thousands of people are dependent, addicted and stuck on dangerous, ineffective painkillers.
Opioids painkillers were pushed through government regulations in order to give people with chronic pain from incurable cancers a form of relief. Like many other dangerous medications these drugs were pushed through quickly by pharmaceutical companies trying to maximize profits and are today used treat various other conditions: neck pain, headaches, low back pain, fibromyalgia and arthritis.
Too Many People on Drugs Means Problems
By 2012 almost 260 million prescriptions for opioids and other narcotic painkillers have been written in the U.S. Comparatively, there are only 316 million people living in the U.S. today, that is a lot of pain pills.
Today, 13% of visits to medical doctor end in recommendations and prescriptions for narcotic painkillers or sedatives.
From the years of 2002 to 2009 the numbers of painkiller prescriptions have risen 12% each year with not end in sight.
The American Academy of Neurology found that over 100,000 people have died from taking prescribed opioids since 1990.
Deaths from opioids exceed deaths from firearms and motor vehicle accidents in many age ranges.
The average daily death toll from opioids is 46 deaths per day.
Do They Actually Work? What About Addiction?
Research has made it clear that drugs can reduce short-term pain but over time do more harm that good leading to addiction, overdosing and dependence. Studies show that of people taking opioids for short-term pain relief for 3 months 50% will still be on these medications 5 years later!
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine fond that long-term use of opioids does little to relieve chronic pain and in some cases actually makes chronic pain worse.
Beyond dependence and worsening of pain there are many side effects with these dangerous medications. Some of the most alarming documented side effects of painkillers are infertility, abnormal immune function and heart problems.
Today, far too many people are being prescribed these lethal drugs to treat back pain, neck pain, headaches and fibromyalgia with very little to no success. We need your help to change this. Please share this article with anyone you know who is interested in health or has a friend or family member who needs this info.
Better Options Than Pills for Headaches and Back Pain!
Options that are much better than opioids:
2. Eliminating or reducing grains and sugars in your diet.
3. Omega 3 supplementing daily
4. 5,000IUs of Vitamin D3 Daily
6. Massage Therapy
8. Curcumin or Turmeric
10. Yoga and Meditation
To read the full article go to http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/23/back-pain-opioid-use.aspx
Dr. Brian Bartholomew owns and operates Ithaca Family Chiropractic in Ithaca, Ny. As a family chiropractor, his expertise is in pediatric care, nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information go to www.ithacachiropractic.com. Dr. Bartholomew is available for outside speaking for businesses, churches, groups, athletic teams, health food stores and anyone who wants to take charge of their health naturally!