Prescription drugs can help us and kill us: a few things we should know

Prescription drugs can help us and kill us.

We should be aware that opioid makers and supplier have spent $880 million in the past decade lobbying state and federal legislators to block new regulations in their addictive painkillers and make the drugs more easily available.

That’s eight times as much as gunmakers spent on lobbying during that time (www.Vox. com).

According to the American Sociological Association, in the U.S. and Europe 330,000 deaths a year and 6.6 million hospital visits are officially attributed to legal prescription drugs.

The 4rth leading cause of death in the U.S. is ‘appropriately’  prescribed LEGAL drugs, according to Donald Light, author of the book, The Epidemic of Sickness and Death from Prescription Drugs.

That doesn’t count the unknown millions of people who suffer dysfunction and side effects, but don’t go to the hospital.

Our tax-funded (health?) bureaucracies such as the FDA and CDC should have been warning us in the media about the brewing epidemic of overuse of chemical prescription drugs over the last decade or two.

But the media depends on Big Pharma—possibly the current biggest advertiser on TV and even newspapers— advertising to support it.

And the agencies depend on contributions, orders and studies from the corporations which fund them with the profits they make from dangerous drugs.

Therefore, news stories on opioids and other prescription drug abuse have been mostly concealed in the past.

However, the enormity of the spreading problem has become so obvious that even the mainstream is leaking it out. Addiction to Vicodin or Percocet, etc. is rampant.

Sad to say, average people are trusting of ‘experts,’ whether they be doctors, hospitals, TV advertising, etc. Or they want instant relief or quick fixes.

Keep this in mind— prescription drugs can help us and kill us: a few things we should know is that we should use our own brain to decide when enough is enough. Some ‘experts’ will guide you right and others will guide you wrong, depending on their connection to and dependence upon Big Pharma.

Back in the 1980s I depended upon Percocet after a major head surgery. My surgeons disallowed it after 2 weeks, for fear of addiction.

No such limitations exist today. That’s why individuals must decide their own limitations, and combine modern technology miracles with ancient wisdom and practices in order to decide what is best for them

Something today’s medical system has failed to do—

Dr. Donald Light explains it in his book, mentioned above. Dr. Light is a professor at the U. of Penn Center of Bioethics and a visiting professor at Stanford University.

His website is

Sources:, The Week magazine