Prescription Painkillers and Overdose Deaths

Just a short note today from some of the research I’ve been doing lately. I wanted to share with you this interesting statement:

Prescription painkillers are considered a major contributor to the total number of drug deaths. In 2007, for example, nearly 28,000 Americans died from unintentional drug poisoning, and of these, nearly 12,000 involved prescription pain relievers. — The Office of National Drug Control Policy CDC Analysis: Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers – United States, 1999-2008

and another one…

Overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers (OPR) also know as opioid analgesics, have increased and now exceed deaths involving heroin and cocaine combined. — Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

and a last one…

The epidemic of prescription drug overdoses in the United States has worsened over the last decade, and by 2008, drug overdose deaths (36,450) were approaching the number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes (39,973), the leading cause of injury death in the United States.…….and further in the same article it continues……….By 2010, enough OPR were sold to medicate every American adult with a typical dose of 5 mg of hydrocodone every 4 hours for 1 month. You can read the full article by going to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Yesterday I was at a meeting and the presenter had a severe migraine headache. During the break I worked on his neck to release the muscles that pull on the cervical vertebrae and put pressure on the spinal cord at the base of the brain, and then he took two Shaklee Calcium/Magnesium tablets, and within 10 minutes his headache was gone! More about Shaklee in another blog, but it just goes to show that a person doesn’t need to take dangerous drugs (even prescription drugs) to eliminate pain.

Wishing you well,


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