Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s painkillers

USDrugUseAmericans consume 80 percent of the world’s painkillers, though we are only 5 percent of the global population.

According to the CDC, 28,000 Americans died from prescription opioid overdose in 2014, 60 percent of the 47,055 who died from all drug overdoses.

Prescription drug use is increasing every year.

Many people get addicted to prescription drugs prescribed by thousands of doctors, then switch to heroin, which is cheaper.

In the Appalachians, prescription painkillers are called “hillbilly heroin.” But it appears to be western populations who are the most dependent on prescription drugs, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found.

Western states such as Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado had the highest rates of painkiller abuse in the nation.

Do you contribute to “painkiller abuse” and are part of the group who uses 80 percent of the world’s painkillers? Because it’s the easiest and least painful way to go, even if you aren’t injured and have no serious disease?

Fifty-two million Americans over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs in non-medical ways.

We are the most (legally) drugged nation on earth. If we are so “great” as the politicians tell us, why do we consume 80 percent of the world’s painkillers? Why do we ‘need’ so many antidepressants?

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that half of all American adults take at least one prescription medicine and 15 percent take 5 or more.

The dependence on prescription drugs on the advice of doctors is far more insidious among older people. Nine out of 10 Americans over 60 take at least one prescription drug, and most of them many more.

American women take more antidepressant drugs than all the women in the rest of the world.

According to the CDC, American children are three times more likely to be described drugs than European children.

The Government Accounting Office says that one-third of all foster children are on at least one psychiatric drug.

Maybe it’s time we go back to our roots.  Most pain (aside from injuries) is caused by lifestyle inflammation—which means eating the Standard American Diet of fast, packaged and processed food.

Just a few decades ago, Americans and other across the world didn’t have these chemical options. What has happened to Americans that we use 80 percent of the world’s painkillers? Since we are only 5 percent of the world’s  population, how does the rest of the world get along without those painkillers?

Maybe they eat more nutritious food and less of it.

Maybe they exercise and get vitamin D from the sun.

Perhaps they don’t want to be a part of those who use 80 percent of the world’s painkillers.

They might even want to try natural painkillers such as coffee, ginger, cherries, turmeric, Devil’s Claw, willow bark and Bromelain.

Google ‘nature’s painkillers,’ and/or consult your health food store and reputable whole food supplement supplier to find non-chemical ways to relieve pain.

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