WHAT IF YOU LEARNED THAT HEALTH INSURANCE & WORKMAN'S COMP CARRIERS AND OUR GOVERNMENT WERE..
"Opioids were go-to drugs for teen headache even though evidence-based guidelines do not recommend them for first-line treatment." From a recent MedPage Today article by John Fauber and Kristina Fiore, called, Teens Likely to Get Opioid Rx for Headaches.
The latest issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health stated that, "Of 8,373 adolescents with headache, 46% (3,859 patients) received an opioid prescription. Nearly half (48%) received one opioid prescription during follow-up; and 29% received 3 opioid prescriptions." According to the study, about a quarter of those receiving narcotics were diagnosed with MIGRAINE HEADACHES. This means that 75% of the youth seeking out medical care for their headaches do not have Migraines, yet are being largely treated with hardcore and addictive drugs. And we wonder why we have a DRUG PROBLEM here in America?
According to the article, they recommend things like Tylenol / Ibuproffen or other OTC PAIN RELIEVERS (liver, kidney, and heart destroyers), NSAIDS, or (gulp) a nasal spray called Sumatriptan. Sumatriptan (aka Imatrex) is a drug given for people with Migraines. The side effects of this drug --- especially over time --- can be brutal. Let's stop for a moment, attempt to regain our composure, and use some good old-fashioned common sense.
- DIET: Because such large numbers of our nation's adolescents eat such cruddy diets, this is probably the best place to start. The very first thing to do is cut SUGAR / SODAS / JUNK FOOD, and get the blood sugar under control by going LOW CARB. Yeah; I get it --- it's tough to get your kid to eat like this ---- particularly if they have been eating the SAD (Standard American Diet) for most of their life. Just keep reminding yourself that you are the parent in this relationship. Oh; if you Google HEADACHES / GLUTEN, you might realize that your child may very well need to go GLUTEN FREE. Depending on the source of the headache, there are some great WHOLE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS to help people dealing with headaches as well.
- CHIROPRACTIC CARE: Chiropractors have been successfully helping large numbers of people (kids and adults) with headaches for well over 100 years. This can be in the form of ADJUSTMENTS or SCAR TISSUE THERAPY (I cannot begin to tell you how many kids I have found with Chronic Scar Tissue over the years). Depending on the state of the spine, RESTORATION OF THE PROPER CURVE could be a big deal as well. This is much easier to accomplish in children than adults.
- PROPER AMOUNTS OF SLEEP AND EXERCISE: As our society becomes more "plugged in", we tend to get less sleep and exercise. This can be a significant factor in headaches as well.
- FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY: If serious headaches persist, I would suggest consulting with a CARRICK-TRAINED Functional Neurologist. The problem could be in the brain.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION
DOUBLES IN AMERICA
Nationally, prescription drug-related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined. The recent Trust for America's Health report
When you're a kid and you get this drug that makes you feel that feeling, where else are you going to turn to when you're an adult? Courtney Love; rocker Curt Cobain's widow talking about their drug use
A report was published earlier this week by the Trust for America's Health (a health policy organization based in Washington DC) saying that since 1999 ---- the year that Prince was really partying ---- addiction to prescription drugs has doubled in nearly 60% of the states. But the hits keep coming. It's tripled in 20% of the states, and quadrupled in four states. Furthermore, all of these states were shown not to be doing much of anything about it (only one in ten Americans with a substance abuse / addiction currently receives any sort of treatment, even though they can partake in numerous governmental welfare programs). But should we be surprised by any of this? Of course not. Just look at 'Medicine's' willingness to be the smartly-dressed, behind-the-scenes accomplice to this fiasco.
We'll use Valium as just one example out of a plethora of potentials. According to the obituary of Diazepam's inventor, Dr. Leo Steinbach, who died in 2005 at age 97, "Diazepam... has been one of the most frequently prescribed medications in the world since its launch in 1963." How frequently has Valium been prescribed? Frequently enough to be America's number one prescription drug from1969 to 1982 (1978 was it's biggest year with sales of 2.3 billion tablets). Diazapam and other similar drugs are still runaway bestsellers. And we wonder why our country has a burgeoning drug problem.
RECORD NUMBERS OF AMERICANS ADDICTED TO PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDS
According to doctor Christopher Jones of the CDC in Atlanta, who published a letter on the subject in a recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, pain killer use for "non-medical reasons" among men has increased by over 100% in the last decade, and 75% in the general public. There are 4.6 million people taking these drugs for "non-medical use" more than 30 days a year. And a whopping 1 million individuals taking prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons over 200 days a year. And let's face facts. If you are taking prescriptions pain meds for over 200 days a year, you are taking them 365 days a year if you can possibly afford it.
So, what should be done about this problem? For starters, how about revoking prescription rights of doctors who knowingly prescribe pain killers to addicted individuals. It's really not that tough. Just take away their ability to dispense narcotics. This was done right here in our town several years ago when a local doctor earned a reputation for over-prescribing narcotics. He then began prescribing Nubain like it was water (a synthetic opioid that is not regulated like most other narcotics), eventually losing his prescription rights altogether.
And let's not stop there. If doctors are knowingly and wittingly prescribing class III drugs to addicts, they should not only have their prescription rights taken away, they should be prosecuted as drug pushers. Sorry, but a medical license does not give one the right to dispense these drugs without good reason ---- a very good reason.
DRUGS KILL WHETHER PUSHED OR PRESCRIBED!
According to recent DEA stats, Valium and its generic brothers are no longer king of the hill. That distinction goes to Hydrocodone (Lorcet, Lortab, Vicodin, many others) ---- a narcotic pain killer that is the number one selling drug in America (131.2 million prescriptions in 2010) . It has been the number one selling American drug for several years, and use has grown 400% over the past decade.
A close relative of Hydrocodone is Oxycodone. In a time-release capsule, this is known as OxyContin (aka “Hillbilly Heroin”). OxyContin is incredibly addictive --- particularly when it is crushed before being ingested. That way the user gets the entire time-released “boost” all at once. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration's annual count of drug seizures sent to police drug labs for analysis, Oxycodone is now the most-abused medicine in the United States, with hydrocodone running a close second second.
Exactly how big a problem is the Narcotic Pain Reliever market in America? According to a 2008 study by the International Narcotics Control Board, the United States consumes 99 percent of the world's hydrocodone and 83 percent of its oxycodone. However, these drugs pale in comparison to a new narcotic that will make OxyContin look like Skittles. Enter ZoHydro ---- the drug addict's fantasy.
ZoHydro, along with similar offerings by several other drug companies, are slated to start hitting the markets a year from now. This new wave of drugs are Hydrocodone-based. The difference is that they are a purified form of Hydrocodone that is said to be 10 times more powerful than Vicodin. Like OxyContin, they are time-release drugs. Again, this means that users can crush the drug, and then snort, shoot, or swallow it for an incredible get-the-whole-thing-at-one-time high.
The problem with narcotic-based pain relievers is their addictive nature. What works today, won't work tomorrow. And what kills pain tomorrow, won't kill it next week. It is a slippery slope that leads every-day people into what is known as the, “Respectable Addiction”.
In response to these drugs, April Rovero, president of the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse recently said, "I have a big concern that this could be the next OxyContin. We just don't need this on the market." "It's like the wild west," said Peter Jackson, co-founder of Advocates for the Reform of Prescription Opioids. "The whole supply-side system is set up to perpetuate this massive unloading of opioid narcotics on the American public." "You've got a person on your product for life, and a doctor's got a patient who's never going to miss an appointment, because if they did and they didn't get their prescription, they would feel very sick," said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. "It's a terrific business model, and that's what these companies want to get in on."
As you might imagine, narcotics have a wide array of side effects. These include things like, vomiting, nausea, sweating, skin rash, dry mouth, loss of sex drive (decreased Testosterone production), blurred vision, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, swelling of tongue, throat, lips and face, labored breathing, light headedness, mental clouding and confusion, agitation, convulsions, seizures, problems passing urine, headaches, dry mouth, sweating, anxiety, insomnia, sedation, diarrhea, muscle cramps, memory loss, chills, skin rash, headaches, weakness, irritability, depression, hallucinations, rigid muscles, allergic reactions ,stomach pains, tremors, seizures, abnormal growth, feeling of insects crawling under the skin, trembling, twitching, slurred speech, constriction of the pupils, dry mouth, drowsiness, mental clouding and confusion, slowed breathing and heart rates, nightmares, convulsions, hallucinations, mental instability, mood swings, severe constipation, menstrual problems, fertility issues, liver disease, skin infections, heart problems, respiratory depression, abscesses, pneumonia, and of course death.
DEATH BY NARCOTICS:
How many people die each year in America due to drug addiction? The answer will shock you. In America, an estimated 900,000 a year die as the direct result of their addictions. Mind you, the majority of these are due to tobacco and alcohol. However, narcotic-related deaths are on the rise. Ten years ago, the Department of Health and Human Services said that over 30 million people admitted to using narcotics for other reasons than pain relief. In 2005, Dr. Leonard Paulozzi from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testified before congress that roughly 22,000 people had died from drug overdoses, with the majority of those deaths due to narcotics. He also said that the increasing amount of deaths due to overdoses was directly related to the rise in narcotic use.
WHAT CAN A PERSON DO FOR THE PAIN?
This is a question that I am hit with in my office on a daily basis. "What can I do for the pain?" It's a legitimate question. Pain is a real bummer. Chronic pain saps your energy and drains your life away. Recent research says that the brains of people with chronic pain atrophy at almost 10 times the rate of people without pain. It is important to deal with pain. However, it is critical that you deal with the CAUSES of the pain, and not just cover symptoms ---- i.e. living on pain pills.
COME BACK TOMORROW to learn about the various things that you can do for pain relief.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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