The Opioid Crisis — A Case of Mass Homicide?

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The inappropriate treatment approach to back pain and post-surgical pain from tonsillectomies and wisdom teeth removal are driving forces behind the opioid epidemic
  • Insurance claims data reveal 60% of children between the ages of 1 and 18 with private insurance fill one or more opioid prescriptions after surgical tonsil removal. Dentists wrote 18.1 million prescriptions for opioids in 2017
  • Research shows opioids (including morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl) fail to control moderate to severe pain any better than over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen
  • The American College of Physicians’ guideline for low back pain call for the use of heat, massage, acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments as first-line treatments. When drugs are desired, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants should be used
  • While clinical practice guidelines call for nonpharmacological intervention for back pain, most insurance plans avoid paying for such treatments, favoring opioid treatment instead

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NSAID Painkillers Found To Deplete Vitamin B-6 Levels

New research has determined that COX-inhibitors, which include numerous NSAIDs – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – reduce Vitamin B-6 levels within the body.

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Research Proves Wheat Can Cause Harm to Everyone’s Intestines

The myth that you need to have ‘bad genes’ to experience intestinal damage from consuming wheat was disproved years ago.

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Dog Poisons

Drugs that might be beneficial, or even life-saving, for people can have the opposite effect in pets. And it doesn’t always take a large dose to do major damage. Continue reading

Why Taking Pain Meds is Like Playing Russian Roulette

And How to Make Sure You’re Never a Victim of…
The Pain Killer Conspiracy

When the pain becomes too much to bear, it’s tempting to reach for the pill bottle, with little or no thought to long-term health consequences.  But taking over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pain medications is as potentially lethal as playing a round of Russian roulette.

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