Right now the industry is selling a legal line of opiates that clearly need to be withdrawn while fighting an effective line based on cannabis that is steadily progressing to full legal status similar to opiates. Unless you are blind dumb and stupid, they must lose. Tactical delays will only worsen the rising opiate crisis to levels which are unsustainable.
Same time the criminal element have fentanly which will bring all forms of drug criminalization to its knees and forces a completely different regime. It is now too easy to juice up a mere candy bar for criminals to miss the main chance and start set up the unsuspecting like you and me.
Meantime, more of the same. However the drop in opiate overdose rates in medical marijuana States inform us of a major part of the solution..
Big Pharma Channeled Opioids to Black Market
Drug Maker Sued for Funneling Pills Into the Black Market
“In 2007, Purdue Pharma and its executives paid more than $630 million in legal penalties to the federal government for willfully misrepresenting the drug’s addiction risks.
“The same year, it also settled with Washington and other states that claimed the company aggressively marketed OxyContin to doctors while downplaying the addiction risk. As part of that settlement, it agreed to continue internal controls to identify potential diversion or abuse.”
Anyone Can Become Addicted to Opioids
“Anyone who takes prescription opioids can become addicted to them. In fact, as many as  in  patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggles with opioid addiction. Once addicted, it can be hard to stop,” the CDC notes.7
Seventy Percent of Businesses Affected by Drug-Addicted Employees
“Drug poisonings, largely from opioid painkillers, now eclipse car crashes as the leading cause of preventable death among adults. Nearly half of Americans are personally impacted by prescription drug addiction, with 44 percent knowing someone who is addicted to a prescription pain reliever.
“Seventy-five percent of those struggling with a substance use disorder are in the workforce, revealing a hidden epidemic that many employers are struggling to address.” 9
- A staggering 70 percent of U.S. businesses say they have workers affected by prescription drug abuse.8
- Seventy-one percent of the employers surveyed agreed that such drug abuse is a disease, but 65 percent still felt justified in firing an employee struggling with drug addiction.
- Most employers said they felt unprepared to respond to prescription drug abuse in the workplace, with only 19 percent saying they feel “extremely prepared.”
- Most companies lack training to help employees spot signs of misuse, and while about 57 percent said they conduct drug testing on employees, more than 40 percent do not screen for synthetic opioids.
- In addition, 88 percent of employers reported interest in their insurer covering alternative treatments for pain relief to help people avoid taking opioids, although 30 percent said they would not take action to request such coverage from their insurance companies.10
West Virginia Struggles to Keep up With Demand for Funerals
“When you get an overdose, typically it’s going to be a younger individual who’s not financially in a great position … I’ve heard from several funeral directors that the majority of [overdose deaths they deal with] are addressed via the indigent burial program.”
Drug Companies Ship 433 Pain Pills for Every Person in West Virginia
“For more than a decade, the same distributors disregarded rules to report suspicious orders for controlled substances in West Virginia to the state Board of Pharmacy, the Gazette-Mail found.
“And the board failed to enforce the same regulations that were on the books since 2001, while giving spotless inspection reviews to small-town pharmacies in the southern counties that ordered more pills than could possibly be taken by people who really needed medicine for pain.
“As the fatalities mounted — hydrocodone and oxycodone overdose deaths increased 67 percent in West Virginia between 2007 and 2012 — the drug shippers’ CEOs collected salaries and bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars. Their companies made billions.”
State of Emergency Declared in Maryland
Young Mothers Prescribed Poison
“One or two tablets of an opioid can be very risky and potentially fatal to a toddler … Obviously, pain needs to be addressed and properly managed. But when physicians prescribe, I think they should consider alternatives to opioids, alternatives that are less addictive, as well as dispensing smaller amounts so there’s none left over in the house that might be accessed by young children.”
Heroin Overdoses Quadrupled in 5 Years
“ … most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made fentanyl. It is sold through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine as a combination product — with or without the user’s knowledge — to increase its euphoric effects.”
Non-Drug Solutions for Pain Relief
|Astaxanthin: One of the most effective oil-soluble antioxidants known, astaxanthin
has very potent anti-inflammatory properties. Higher doses are
typically required and one may need 8 milligrams or more per day to
achieve this benefit.|
|Ginger: This herb is anti-inflammatory and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.|
is the primary therapeutic compound identified in the spice turmeric.
In a study of osteoarthritis patients, those who added only 200
milligrams of curcumin a day to their treatment plan had reduced pain
and increased mobility.24 In fact, curcumin has been shown in
over 50 clinical studies to have potent anti-inflammatory activity, as
well as demonstrating the ability in four studies to reduce
Tylenol-associated adverse health effects.
|Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or “Indian
frankincense,” this herb contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties,
which have been prized for thousands of years. This is one of my
personal favorites, as I have seen it work well with many rheumatoid arthritis patients.
|Bromelain: This protein-digesting enzyme, found in
pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in
supplement form, but eating fresh pineapple may also be helpful. Keep in
mind that most of the bromelain is found within the core of the
pineapple, so consider leaving a little of the pulpy core intact when
you consume the fruit.
|Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO): This oil, found in fish
and dairy butter, acts as a “joint lubricant” and an anti-inflammatory. I
have used a topical preparation for myself to relieve ganglion cysts
and a mild annoying carpal tunnel syndrome that pops up when I type too
much on non-ergonomic keyboards.
|Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils: These contain the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is useful for treating arthritic pain.
|Cayenne Cream: Also called capsaicin cream, this spice comes from dried hot peppers. It alleviates pain by depleting the body’s supply of substance P, a chemical component of nerve cells that transmit pain signals to your brain.|
Dietary Changes and Additional Pain Relief Options
- Start taking a high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fat like krill oil. Omega-3 fats are precursors to mediators of inflammation called prostaglandins. (In fact, that is how anti-inflammatory painkillers work: they positively influence prostaglandins.) The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA contained in krill oil have been found in many animal and clinical studies to have anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial for pain relief.
- Reduce your intake of most processed foods as not only do they contain sugar and additives, but also most are loaded with omega-6 fats that upset your delicate omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. This, in turn, will contribute to inflammation, a key factor in most pain.
- Eliminate or radically reduce most grains and sugars (especially fructose) from your diet. Avoiding grains and sugars will lower your insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels are one of the most profound stimulators of inflammatory prostaglandin production. That is why eliminating sugar and grains is so important to controlling your pain.
- Optimize your production of vitamin D by getting regular, appropriate sun exposure, which will work through a variety of different mechanisms to reduce your pain. This satisfies your body’s appetite for regular sun exposure.
- Chiropractic adjustments: According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), patients with neck pain who used a chiropractor and/or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain-free in 12 weeks compared to those who took medication.25
- Massage: Massage releases endorphins, which help induce relaxation, relieve pain and reduce levels of stress chemicals such as cortisol and noradrenaline.
- Acupuncture: Researchers concluded that acupuncture has a definite effect in reducing chronic pain such as back pain and headaches — more so than standard pain treatment.26