Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as the illegal ones.
Are you really aware of what Prescription drugs are doing to you and your family?
Do you care enough about yourself and your family to take 5 minutes to educate yourself?
Just as dangerous, just as addictive, and just as deadly as street drugs. That’s what I’ve learned about the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs over the past 25 years. There are two main differences, however. Prescription drugs are often easier to get — and many teens and their parents still believe that they are safer than illicit drugs.Kids view medicine as safe because they are manufactured in a medical lab setting, they are accepted by society as a positive, and they are sanctioned by the government through the Federal Drug Administration. Parents sometimes don’t realize the dangers of abusing prescription drugs because they are less familiar with “pills” — they often have no frame of reference since these types of drugs didn’t exist in their youth.
Many people have benefited from today’s prescription drugs. After all, they are designed to help us heal, manage illness, prolong life, or provide much needed comfort. There is no doubt that they are often used to improve the quality of our lives — and they have.
So, what’s the problem? The problem is that when medicines are misused or abused, they come with the same risks and dangers as using street drugs. They can lead to dependence and addiction with the same consequences as that of heroin or any other street drug. Abuse of medicines is also just as lethal. How do I know this? For over 20 years i have been working with clients suffering from drug dependency, depression, weight problems, stomach problems, liver problems, skin problem, memory problems, digestion problems… and the list goes on; all from the miss-use and over use of prescription drugs. I have seen people do terrible thing, that they would have never done if not on these ’safe drugs’, and i have heard of countless more being involved with violet crimes, even homicides and suicide.
That is why I have been dedicated to helping others avoid this same fate. I have shared my work and stories through radio, TV, and print media on numerous occasions, and also speak nationally on this issue.
Here are some facts about prescription drug misuse and abuse:
–Every day, 2,500 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time.
–12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined.
–Thenumber of new abusers of Rx drugs is now greater than new users of marijuana, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
–Rx drugs are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12-13 year olds, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
–Abuse of prescription painkillers causes more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Parents, I encourage all of you to learn about the dangers of abusing medicine, and teach the dangers to your children just as you would teach them about the dangers of using “street” drugs. Make sure that medicines in your house are in your control at all times. Talk with the parents of your children’s friends and encourage them to secure medicines in their houses as well.
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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently published a study in the journal PLoS One highlighting the worst prescription drug offenders that cause patients to become violent. Among the top-ten most dangerous are the antidepressants Pristiq (desvenlafaxine), Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine).
Concerns about the extreme negative effects of many popular antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs have been on the rise, as these drugs not only cause severe health problems to users, but also pose a significant threat to society. The ISMP report indicates that many popular drugs are linked even to homicides.
Most of the drugs in the top ten most dangerous are antidepressants, also included is insomnia medication, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug, malaria drug and anti-smoking medication.
10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) – An antidepressant that affects serotonin and noradrenaline. The drug is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) – An antidepressant that treats anxiety disorders. The drug is 8.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) – A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug that is 8.4 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
7. Triazolam (Halcion) – A benzodiazepine drug for insomnia that is 8.7 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
6. Atomoxetine (Strattera) – An ADHD drug that is 9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
5. Mefoquine (Lariam) – A malaria drug that is 9.5 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
4. Amphetamines – This general class of ADHD drug is 9.6 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
3. Paroxetine (Paxil) – An SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs. It is also linked to severe withdrawal symptoms and birth defects.
2. Fluoxetine (Prozac) – A popular SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
1. Varenicline (Chantix) – An anti-smoking drug that is a shocking 18 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.Natural health care can help you address the source of a problem. We cleans and detox the body, create super cells & strengthen the immune system so the body can heal itself, lessening or eliminating the need for surgery or continued use of drugs.