More Than 100,000 Unnecessary Deaths Annually, and Now The FDA Might Do Something?
As you’ve likely heard in the news, there are ongoing problems with several properly prescribed prescription painkilling drugs. Sadly, these problems are becoming increasingly widespread. In 2011, there were 12.7 BILLION prescriptions written for Vicodin alone. Yes, billion.
According to Linda Davis, a judge in Clinton Township, Mich. who says opiate-related cases now make up 30-50 percent of her caseload, “That’s enough Vicodin to supply every adult in the United States a 30-day supply around the clock… and that’s only one of 759 opiates that are on the market.”
Deaths involving prescription drugs jumped 400 percent between 1999 and 2010, accounting for more drug-related deaths than heroin and cocaine, combined. And, unfortunately, it seems this problem is getting worse, not better.
Earlier this year we got word that drug overdose deaths are up for the eleventh straight year. This means that for more than a decade, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stood by and witnessed the development of an epidemic they could have, and should have, stopped in its tracks. And it’s not like they weren’t warned. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) first asked the FDA to reclassify hydrocodone over ten years ago, requesting its dangers be taken seriously and its distribution subject to the same restrictions as other addictive painkilling drugs.
In the latest development to hit the media, the FDA announced yesterday that it will attempt to place tighter restrictions on opioid pain medications, but in a not-so-rare twist of events, they’re being met with great resistance by physicians and Big Pharma. This should come as no surprise, though. The last several times the FDA attempted to discuss tighter restrictions on drugs like hydrocodone, their efforts quickly fizzled.
Below is one of my most popular articles on the subject. This is a topic that needs as much exposure as possible, since we can’t count on drug companies and prescribing doctors to offer us the facts.
When it comes “how you’re going to die,” many people fear things like airplane crashes or shark attacks, even though statistics show that deaths from these events are very rare. Conversely, far too many people mistakenly believe that certain common aspects of everyday life are extremely safe — when, in reality, this is often far from the truth.
Once such daily ritual that is far more dangerous than many people believe is taking properly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. Popping pills on a daily basis to “improve health” has become far too common for many Americans. In fact, according to the CDC, approximately 50% of all Americans take a pharmaceutical drug daily. When you isolate senior citizens, the number shoots up to an astonishing 90%. And perhaps even more troubling, 20% of children take a pharmaceutical drug. [Continue Reading…]
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Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.