What would you say if I told you that 40 people a day die from a perfectly preventable condition here in the United States of America?
The purpose of our site, physician Pain.com, is to make you aware of things that are occurring in the healthcare field and also alternatives that you may want to explore in order to help improve your overall health and wellness. I think that a recent report released by the Centers of Disease Control is just one of those things that you need to know. Knowledge, in this case, will assist you in not becoming a statistic - one of those 40 people who will die today!
The cause of all of these deaths is the abuse of prescribed pain medication here in the United States. As it turns out, over doses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the United States than do overdoses from heroin and cocaine combined. 12 million Americans say they abused prescription drugs in the last year!
Interestingly, the people are not just taking the pain medication to manage their pain. Reportedly the taking of the painkillers is more for the purpose of becoming intoxicated or getting high! Studies have indicated that this abuse of pain medication has tripled since 1999. So, where are these people getting all these pain medications? It appears that a small number of physicians are involved. Indeed, a California study found that about 3% of doctors wrote 62% of the pain killer prescriptions.
The director of the Centers of Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden, M.D. stated that the problem seems to be more from the physicians than from drug pushers on the street corners.
As a result, somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 US adults admits to having abuse prescription narcotics. The drugs most abused, according to the CDC, are the drugs usually known of as Vicodin, OxyContin, Opana and methadone.
To put the whole thing into perspective, in 2010 pharmacies sold enough of these opiatebased prescription drugs to give everyone in the United States a typical 5 mg dose of hydrocodone every 4 hours for one month!
So what is to be done about this! In one word, awareness. I believe that the most effective solution is to create awareness of alternative solutions and try to empower people to make healthy lifestyle decisions. Creating that awareness of the vitalistic approach toward overall wellness that is achieved through regular chiropractic care, proper nutrition, massage, meditation and other forms of wellness decisions will displace that lonely empty feeling that is felt by some who attempting to fill that void through the use of mind altering substances such as narcotics.
I encourage you to review some of the archived articles on this website and share this information with your friends and loved ones so that they do not, one day, become a part of this statistic.