Skip to comments.Americans consume 80 percent of the world's pain pills as prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes
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...
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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?
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.
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.
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"
Oh, one of those studies.
If I wasn’t so lazy I’d be posting the “Smells like b*llsh*t” graphic.
“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.
That's probably what's commonly referred to as a "clue".