“Data shows the number of prescriptions written for opioids as well opioid overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, highlighting a growing addiction problem in the U.S.” Time.com
When we think of drug addiction we tend to think of illegal street drugs, not prescription drugs. It’s a very different picture in our country today as the quotation and article above detail.
Opioid drug addiction has increased exponentially in our country. More than 100 million Americans live with chronic pain and prescription pain medication is the most common treatment. Opioid prescriptions for pain have almost tripled in the last 20 years jumping from 76 million to 219 million. While there is certainly a place for them, unfortunately they are over-prescribed and abused all too often.
And while someone dealing with chronic pain can get to a point where they just want relief and don’t even consider the negative effects, we have to be aware of the pros and cons. While addiction, abuse and overdose are at the top of the list, (OxyContin has been identified as a major gateway drug to heroin) researchers question just how effective they are, particularly long term.
There are other side-effects, including increases in hepatitis C and HIV.
There are non-drug alternatives you can consider before resorting to these dangerous drugs, since pain has both physical and emotional components:
Nutrition – eliminating grains, sugar, processed foods and nightshades which are inflammatory;
Try herbs, spices and natural substances like turmeric, ginger, boswellia, bromelain, Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO)
Be sure you get enough Omega-3 fatty acids, which are precursors to prostaglandins, which reduce inflammation as well as vitamin D
Cayenne and CM cream topically
Acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy
Mind-Body techniques like EFT, Healing Codes, massage, meditation, prayer
If you have pain issues, how do you deal with them?
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