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‘It Rips a Part of You Away’: Grieving Father Speaks out Against Fentanyl

With worldwide death tolls from drug overdoses rising almost by the hour, a grief-stricken father has shared the story of how he lost his teenage daughter to fentanyl. Begging for ways to stop the madness, he told Global News Canada that the traffickers making fentanyl and other opioids available on the streets “are the worst ones of all” when it comes to being killers. He said that once his daughter tried fentanyl, she never was able to get away from it, even in drug rehab.

This father is on the right track for pinning down the blame for this drug overdose epidemic, but he needs to go further — and that is directly to the drugmakers who sold opioids for years with lies that they were not addictive, and that they were safe to take.

As a result of these lies, more Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes, and these drugs kill more Americans than car crashes. Over the past five years alone, drug overdose deaths rose by 33 percent. OxyContin and other opioid painkillers have been identified as the primary gateway drugs to heroin, and now fentanyl. Nationwide, overdoses involving fentanyl rose by more than 72 percent between 2014 and 2015.

Some states are taking action by suing the drugmakers. Drug enforcement officials are also cracking down on distributors shipping pills to known "pill mills" — pain management clinics prescribing so many painkillers it's highly likely they're supplying drugs to addicts.

But what also needs to happen is massive education to both prescribers and patients on ways to treat pain without drugs. If you have chronic pain of any kind, please understand there are many natural, safe and effective alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter painkillers, including low-dose naltrexone (available only by prescription), curcumin, which fights inflammation and ultimately pain, astaxanthin, which has potent anti-inflammatory capabilities, boswellia, bromelain and cayenne cream, just to name a few.
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