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Old September 20th, 2016, 08:21 PM   #1
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Prescription painkillers are more widely used than tobacco

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More than 1 in 3 American adults -- 35 percent -- were given painkiller prescriptions by medical providers last year. The total rate of painkiller use is even higher -- 38 percent -- when you factor in the number of adults who obtained painkillers for misuse via other means, from friends or relatives, or via drug dealers.

These numbers come from a recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report that highlights the stunning ubiquity of prescription painkillers in modern American life. The report indicates that in 2015, more American adults used prescription painkillers than used cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or cigars -- combined.


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many prescription painkillers are highly habit-forming, and they can be deadly if taken at high doses, or in conjunction with other drugs such as alcohol. In 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid painkillers killed nearly 19,000 Americans. That's greater than the total number of Americans (15,809) who were murdered that year.


Those numbers are so high partly because Americans have developed a voracious appetite for painkillers in recent years. A 2008 study estimated that Americans consume about 80 percent of the global opioid supply and 99 percent of the supply of hydrocodone, one of the most popular prescription painkillers.

A recent investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press detailed the intense lobbying efforts pharmaceutical companies have made to keep these drugs lightly regulated and readily available. The investigation found that when it comes to lobbying, pro-painkiller groups outspend groups arguing for tighter restrictions by more than 200 to 1.

There are examples of pharmaceutical companies engaging in unscrupulous or illegal behavior to promote opioid drugs. In 2007 Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin, pleaded guilty to charges that it misled regulators and doctors about the abuse potential of the drug.

More recently, employees at Insys Therapeutics, a manufacturer of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, plead guilty to charges involving kickback schemes for fentanyl sales. The company remains the target of numerous state and federal investigations.

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Old September 20th, 2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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Reducing the scope of the opioid epidemic has been a priority for President Obama. Earlier this year the White House requested $1.1 billion from Congress for fighting opioid addiction.

But critics have argued that Drug Enforcement Administration policies -- some long-standing, some new -- are undercutting federal efforts to curb opioid abuse.


For instance, earlier this year, the DEA refused to reduce restrictions on marijuana use, arguing that there was insufficient evidence of marijuana's medical benefits. Multiple studies have found that access to medical marijuana is associated with reductions in prescription painkiller abuse and overdose rates.

More recently, the DEA announced a plan to ban the use of kratom, a Southeast Asian plant with opiate-like qualities. Many users of kratom report that the plant has helped them quit using more powerful prescription painkillers. Researchers are worried that without kratom available to them, these users will return to prescription painkillers or move on to heroin.
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IMO it comes down to control. opioid w/d is a serious bitch but its addicts are much more productive and controllable that alcoholics...keep them stoned and docile.

people on natural drugs are not as easily controlled pushing pills down peoples pie holes make it easy to monitor dosage, mood and habit. plus through the absolute belief it the illusion of authority the supply and dogma is also easily controlled.
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Lotsa ways to dumb down people.
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yeah, but.

some prescription pain killers are opioids (morphine, oxycodone, etc) they are addictive, they are highly sought after, people scam doctors for them all the time, they are controlled substances. this article is trying to get you to think that they are prescribed to 35% of the population.

they arent. "prescription pain killers" also includes non steroidals, and other atypical things like acetaminophen and lyrica. they are prescribed way more commonly than opioids, opioids are a minority of the "prescription pain killer" market. this is dishonest reporting.
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yeah, but.

some prescription pain killers are opioids (morphine, oxycodone, etc) they are addictive, they are highly sought after, people scam doctors for them all the time, they are controlled substances. this article is trying to get you to think that they are prescribed to 35% of the population.

they arent. "prescription pain killers" also includes non steroidals, and other atypical things like acetaminophen and lyrica. they are prescribed way more commonly than opioids, opioids are a minority of the "prescription pain killer" market. this is dishonest reporting.
A mate of mine has been scamming health professionals for 20 years. He gets 30 dexamphetamine a week because he acts all mental when he has a review. I went with him to a medical review.He was fine before he walked in,then started acting very mental. Amphetamines are much better than opiates. I would rather be more awake than tired dopey slow like opiates make you feel.
People on opiates might as well just drink alcohol. Weak fkrs.
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yeah, but.

some prescription pain killers are opioids (morphine, oxycodone, etc) they are addictive, they are highly sought after, people scam doctors for them all the time, they are controlled substances. this article is trying to get you to think that they are prescribed to 35% of the population.

they arent. "prescription pain killers" also includes non steroidals, and other atypical things like acetaminophen and lyrica. they are prescribed way more commonly than opioids, opioids are a minority of the "prescription pain killer" market. this is dishonest reporting.

i don't think it is being "dishonest" i think that pointing out that over 30% of the population is being prescribed synthetic drugs as natural remedies are being blackballed is an important point to examine. i don't feel that it is a shot at doctors even though IMO the medical profession has become a bit lazy in its one size fits all script-pad approach to medicine.

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Most painkiller use isn't misuse, which SAMHSA defines as any use of painkillers in a manner not directed by a doctor. This can include taking painkillers without a prescription for the purpose of getting high, or taking the drugs for a longer period of time or at a higher quantity than recommended by a doctor.

Indeed, part of painkillers' prevalence owes to how effective they are, and to the difference they can make in the lives of pain sufferers. It's hard to imagine recovering from an invasive surgery without having something to treat the residual pain, for instance. And for many people afflicted with chronic pain, proper management with prescription painkillers can mean the difference between debilitating illness and daily functioning.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...l-study-finds/

though i think this is an important stat

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Those numbers are so high partly because Americans have developed a voracious appetite for painkillers in recent years. A 2008 study estimated that Americans consume about 80 percent of the global opioid supply and 99 percent of the supply of hydrocodone, one of the most popular prescription painkillers.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...l-study-finds/

and is key to the real reasons why things like cannabis (and maybe kratom) are systematically demonized and lobbied against by big pharma and its cronies.
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Lotsa ways to dumb down people.
Perhaps that's the objective. You get a nation doped up on pills. They become sheep-like and apathetic. Then you tip them over and they are conquered.

Stratified genocide. It works.
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This factoid from the source article is simply stunning;

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A 2008 study estimated that Americans consume about 80 percent of the global opioid supply and 99 percent of the supply of hydrocodone, one of the most popular prescription painkillers.
I think every generation does things that future generations look back on as being barbaric. I think this issue qualifies for such barbaric assignations in the future.
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