Painkiller Deaths on the Rise
THIS is scary. There are now more deaths attributed to prescription painkillers than traffic accidents. Despite the USDA’s attempt to curb the use of painkillers by limiting prescriptions to 90-day supplies, the uptick in deaths continues to rise. According to the LA Times:
The numbers were a disappointment for public health officials, who had expressed hope that educational and enforcement programs would stem the rise in fatal overdoses.
“While most things are getting better in the health world, this isn’t,” CDC director Tom Frieden said in an interview. “It’s a big problem, and it’s getting worse.”
Drugs overtook traffic accidents as a cause of death in the country in 2009, and the gap has continued to widen.
Overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers rose to 16,651 in 2010, the CDC researchers found. That was 43% of all fatal overdoses.
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The body has an amazing ability to heal itself if you’re give it a chance. Don’t mask your pain by taking painkillers. Instead, interpret your pain–it’s your body’s way of alerting you to the fact that something isn’t quite right, you’re out of balance. Listen to your body, get to the root cause of your pain (rather than simply treating the symptom), and you’ll be MUCH better off.
QUESTION: What’s your reaction to the latest statistics?