The opioid epidemic: Pills Pushed by Pharmaceutical Companies

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The death rate in America increases in 2015 due to an overdose of opioid painkillers, more than 32,000 people died because of this in just one year. That’s more than 36,000 people who died in car crashes, also more than 36,000 who died because of gun violence and 43,000 died due to HIV/AIDS during epidemic’s peak in 1995.

But this time the death rate increase not because of illicit drugs epidemic but because of opioid painkillers which is a legal drug.  

Dr. Janice Johnston’s once said that we physicians have always been taught TREAT THE PAIN, TREAT THE PAIN.

Research shows us that from 1990 till today doctors already agreed on this that American people have a serious problem of pain. Many people experience severe pain and leave it untreated. They take the opioid based painkiller which is fuelled by misleading marketing push from pharmaceutical companies which lead to devastating results. The abuse of painkiller rises and the overdoses linked with the ratio of deaths increases in just one year.

The director of Arrowhead Health Centres said: “the medical community operated under the idea that compassionate physicians relieve patients of their pain, and that Americans should be pain-free all the time.” This repetition encourages and compelled doctors to write the powerful tranquilizers to relieve the pain of patients such as Vicodin, hydrocodone, and OxyContin.

These pharmaceutical industries have recently come under the federal investigation in order to stop these epidemic opioids.

A Phoenix, AZ resident Tim Morrison said that “They’re selling out for the sales, it’s all about dollars, and there is no consideration for the human element and the fact that it’s addictive.”

The Pharma companies use their influence in many ways and spend billions to promote and sell their products to doctors and people.

But opioids can be an effective treatment for chronic pain, and too many people around the world have limited access to them. Kathleen Foley said that “opioid epidemic has stigmatized all patients with pain”. Some patients may deny opioids because of doctors who have fears that pills will be diverted to the illegal market.

It’s a puzzle that these pills may be useful but are also dangerous. So, in order to avoid any major damage doctors should and need to be careful and first, make sure that there’s no alternative pain relievers before prescribing opioids to the patients. An alternative pain reliever such as cobra venom, which is the main ingredient in RetroGen Pain Products has indeed been successful in relieving chronic pain.  

As Tom Frieden says:

“There are safer drugs and treatment approaches that can control pain as well or better than opioids for the vast majority of patients. We must reduce the number of Americans exposed to opioids for the first time, especially for conditions where the risks of opioids outweigh the benefits.”

However, the doctors took notice to try to avoid prescribing these widespread painkillers. But the research of federal data shows us that users didn’t avoid them altogether and move to the low-cost drugs, heroin and more potent opioids which result in the death of nearly 32,000 people in just one the year of 2015.


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