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Americans consume 80 percent of the world's pain pills as prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes
UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 May 2012 | Michael Zennie

Posted on 05/10/2012 9:49:03 PM PDT by iowamark

Americans consume 80 percent of the world's supply of painkillers -- more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year -- as the country's prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes.

That's enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent in ten year, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to hand out drugs to patients who are suffering.

As more people get their hands on these potentially-dangerous drugs, more are taking them to get high. Their drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year -- more than from heroin and cocaine combined.

'We've become a society of wusses,' Long Island, New York, pharmacist Howard Levine told the BBC.

Mr Levine stopped carrying all of the major addictive prescription drugs after he was robbed twice by addicts looking to get high.

Nationwide, police are reporting increases in robberies and other crimes by people who are addicted to oxycodone and hydrocodone, the key ingredient in most prescription pain pills...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugs; drugwar; pain; painkillers; painmedicine; painpills; percocet; vicodin; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Diet has been the most helpful for me. Particular additives are my enemy.

Migraines are serious.

On the topic, do you get the impression, as I do, that part of Obie’s popularity is due to a drug enhanced populace?


51 posted on 05/10/2012 11:45:25 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Vendome

It didn’t touch the pain. Toradol is my new wonder drug and it’s not a narcotic.


52 posted on 05/10/2012 11:48:26 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Ugh. occassionally = occasionally. Got carrieedd away with the double letterrss.


53 posted on 05/10/2012 11:54:12 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: berdie

Perhaps his position on pain medication is evolving too.


54 posted on 05/11/2012 12:01:34 AM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: stanne
If I ever find the man who decided MSG and maltodextrin were good ideas, I'll waterboard him for a month non-stop and then strangle him with my bare hands. And when he's dead, I'll waterboard his corpse. And when I'm dead, I'll waterboard him again. Sorry SOB.

Well, Obama voters have to be on some sort of drug and I'll bet it ain't hopium. But yes, they seem to think "he's a righteous dude!"

"The sportos and motor heads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads... they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude." ~Grace, School Secretary, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

55 posted on 05/11/2012 12:13:37 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: stanne
Zomig words like magic so do a number of other vasodilators

Heh. You mean vasoconstrictors. Vasodilators would make a migraine worse.

56 posted on 05/11/2012 12:22:50 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: iowamark
Nice little monopoly the govt has in the pain relief industry.

Seeking relief from pain outside of their industry is criminal.

The real crime is the govt declaration of the suffering as criminal.

Prohibition needs to end. It's not Constitutional!

57 posted on 05/11/2012 12:29:50 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: iowamark
Re: “110 tons of pure, addictive opiates”

220 tons - after ObamaCare is implemented.

58 posted on 05/11/2012 12:34:52 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Righteous dude, indeed. Ferris, maybe, Obie, not even at 3AM last call (not that I’ve ever been there).

That torture you descrive sounds like about what a three day migraine is like. Had one recently. Trying to remember where I ate. There was cheap wine and salad dressing involved. Oh, yeah, the movie theater. Gave in to temptation of salad (dressing full of MSG) and sulfite-laden wine. Another poison.

I know all the code words for MSG and what to avoid, though I do fall into traps occasionally. Sulfites are nasty. Not an enhancer, like MSG, but a preservatibe, another salt, I think.


59 posted on 05/11/2012 12:39:13 AM PDT by stanne
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To: digger48

*snort*


60 posted on 05/11/2012 12:40:08 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I think you are correct.


61 posted on 05/11/2012 12:40:11 AM PDT by stanne
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I think you are correct.


62 posted on 05/11/2012 12:40:13 AM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

double posting too much must go to sleep.


63 posted on 05/11/2012 12:42:28 AM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

Sulfites are an oxidation inhibitor. They block oxygen binding. Very bad for asthmatics and copd sufferers.


64 posted on 05/11/2012 12:49:57 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: guitarplayer1953

Oh My, your poor wife.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful medication.
I pray she gets better soon.


65 posted on 05/11/2012 1:08:28 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: mylife
Why not, we consume 80% of everything, don't we?</sarcasm>
66 posted on 05/11/2012 1:15:07 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period. You can't trust the man with the big red (R))
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To: max americana
Wished it was like the old days when you just drank whiskey to rid the pain...

Have they banned whiskey again? :)

67 posted on 05/11/2012 1:29:12 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period. You can't trust the man with the big red (R))
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To: iowamark

We probably consume 80% of the world’s milk, beef, seafood, etc., too. Is there an epidemic involving those?


68 posted on 05/11/2012 3:03:03 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: iowamark

“Consume” or prescribed, big difference. A lot of it is sitting on shelves, in drawers, or went into the trash unused. Besides, Americans paid for the R&D, why can’t we get most of what we paid to have developed?


69 posted on 05/11/2012 3:15:03 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: wardaddy

I understand what you are saying. I had a bad car accident in year 2000. I was prescribed Vicoprofen, which is Hydrocodone with Ibuprofen (which I requested due to the liver side effects of acetaminophen). I stayed on the same dosage for 9 years. Three, 10 milligram tablets a day. Day in, day out. I never asked for an increased dosage, nor ask for a stronger med.
One day when my script ran out after 9 years, I decided not to refill. Quit taking them. No withdrawal from the med, no heebie jeebies, shakes or anything at all. Cold turkey and that was that.


70 posted on 05/11/2012 4:04:53 AM PDT by jsh3180
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To: iowamark

I’m calling BS on this one.


71 posted on 05/11/2012 4:12:52 AM PDT by johncatl (...governs least, governs best.)
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To: acapesket
A kidney stone hurts like an M’ er F’er NO matter what you do! Suck it up... drugs are worse.

That has to be one of the most brazenly false statements I have ever seen on FR. You have obviously never had a kidney stone, or, you had one and were never given painkillers for it, or the painkillers you were given were not enough to do the job. When I had my kidney stone I went from pain so bad I was vomiting my guts out, to absolute bliss after an injection of hydromorphone. That was followed with hydromorphone pills every two hours, not as effective but a lot better than nothing at all.

"Suck it up"? I don't think so, not when there is a safe alternative. You are welcome to though if you believe drugs are worse than severe pain. We should always have the option and never be forced to take any drugs.

Thank God for painkillers.

72 posted on 05/11/2012 4:27:51 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (So)
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To: HerrBlucher

My mom had to get off those things. They were causing muscle pain in her arms.


73 posted on 05/11/2012 4:49:18 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Your mother was wise to get off statins at the first sign of pain. Many people suffer muscle damage from statins. And nobody knows who will experience the damage beforehand. Worse yet, apparently that damage can never be repaired after going off the drug. That is the main reason I refuse to take statins even though I have been prescribed them twice. I eat a lot of oatmeal instead and that gets my numbers within spec, at least for now. They keep lowering the acceptable cholesterol limits.....a great way to sell more drugs.

Last tuesday I attended a luncheon for the sole purpose of hearing the speaker, a heart specialist, talk about statins. I thought he would give an objective, pros and cons, presentation. That idea flew right out the window when he gave the title of his talk “statins, the fountain of youth.” It turned out not to be a fair and objective presentation but a sales pitch. What a joke.


74 posted on 05/11/2012 5:08:09 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (So)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
debilitating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both hands, wrists, arms, to the shoulders/collar bones.

I had the surgery on both wrists and elbows 12 years ago, it hasn't bothered me since.

Extremely painful condition indeed. I wasn't able to even turn off the alarm clock in the morning with two dead hands. The pain would keep me awake for hours.

My now 91 year old mother had the surgery about 5 years ago, her pain went away too.

75 posted on 05/11/2012 7:19:25 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Romney vs. Obama? One of them has to lose, I'll rejoice in that fact, whichever it is.)
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To: jsh3180

I can usually tell after 24 hours with nothing that I’m a bit more restless or don’t sleep as well or a hard time falling asleep.

We traveled in a road trip last summer out west with 3 of our younger kids and I didn’t think about taking anything. That night as I laid in bed around 1am unable to sleep it dawned on me why..lol

some folks take huge amounts like 250-400 mg a day and require extensive tapering off time

worse even for those on stronger meds like fentanyl or demerol etc

I try to minimize because I fear them becoming ineffective and have no desire to take super high dosage

but without them just typing with my neck looking at the screen and keyboard is a chore after 10 minutes

and I am not much of a candidate for surgery

the neck injections help...but marginally


76 posted on 05/11/2012 8:50:27 AM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I had a friend who took Fioracet and it helped until they got so bad she needed some shot. I don’t recall the name of it but it got to the point where her doctor recommend she have at least two doses in the refrigerator.

I hated seeing her when she was in so much pain, on the one hand.

On the other hand, when she took that shot it eased the pain and gave her some peace.

She wouldn’t talk much or do much for two days and everyone else got some peace too....


77 posted on 05/11/2012 9:05:43 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Bobalu
No chance of that she has a trapped opcipical nerve in her upper back along with a bad l4 l5 which has caused siatic nerve pain. She has been on these meds since 2001. The car wreak (two kids ran a stop sign)was in 1999.
78 posted on 05/11/2012 5:54:01 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Grammar & spelling maybe wrong, get over it, the world will not come to an end!)
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To: wardaddy
worse thing about most pain meds is the Tylenol they put in them to destroy the liver.

I was on 8 loratabs for shoulder pain. Because of the Tylenol danger my doctor put me on Replexan which has ibuprofen (same as loratab 10)in it and not Tylenol and I am down to 6 aday instead of 8 the ibuprofen really helps with inflammation.

79 posted on 05/11/2012 6:33:38 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Grammar & spelling maybe wrong, get over it, the world will not come to an end!)
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To: sargon

This is the government expanding its nanny state, its amazing to see how mane communists who support big government are on free republic

War on this , epidemic that,Keep government out of medicine and stop bloating the government !


80 posted on 05/12/2012 6:44:23 PM PDT by The Right wing Infidel
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To: iowamark

Actually, this is completely explained by the sudden ‘gayness’ of the US, taking it in the a.. since 2008.

Who DOESN’t need pain pills for that?


81 posted on 05/12/2012 6:48:04 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah c<meth. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: HerrBlucher

It was causing quite a bit of pain in her arms and legs. Some kind of fibromyalgia. Had to look it up. I think this was it: Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I’m not sure how long she took them, but it was for some time. She had to take prednisone for the pain. Then when they would wean her off that, the pain would come back. She had to get back on the prednisone a few times for relief. I don’t believe she has it now—if she did, I would be hearing about it, that’s for sure.


82 posted on 05/15/2012 5:27:57 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: iowamark

I’d want to know where they’re getting thier numbers from. If it from the RWJF or SAMSHA there’s definitely an agenda behind everything they publish, and it’s always for more federal government control.


83 posted on 05/15/2012 5:36:40 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic; Slings and Arrows
As far as I can tell the numbers came from a study by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

I can not locate the actual study and every time I try to track down exactly what this group stands for I run into what my civics teacher would have called "Glittering Generalities"

84 posted on 05/15/2012 6:44:30 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Migrating elephant herds react badly to flaming motor homes and dry ice doesn't repel killer bees)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear; tacticalogic

Oh, one of those studies.

If I wasn’t so lazy I’d be posting the “Smells like b*llsh*t” graphic.


85 posted on 05/15/2012 7:10:52 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: cherry

“why is America taking 80% of the worlds’ painkillers?...”

Because they’re free- the government pays for them and pays the doctor to prescribe them.
There’s a whole prescription drug-based economy in poor areas of the country that’s as big as the dollar-based one.

And no jobs.

Sure, other countries do the same but their populace is used to being serfs. We just can’t seem to get the hang of it.


86 posted on 05/15/2012 7:23:18 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
I can not locate the actual study and every time I try to track down exactly what this group stands for I run into what my civics teacher would have called "Glittering Generalities"

That's probably what's commonly referred to as a "clue".

87 posted on 05/15/2012 7:37:43 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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