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Addictions Are Deadly Serious, but Are More Drugs the Answer?

A Kentucky-based research team is close to creating a drug that will allow meth addicts to pop a pill for recovery, Freethink reports.


Almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction. Deaths from drug overdoses have tripled since 1990, according to the Addiction Center. When it comes to methamphetamine, 774,000 use meth regularly and 16,000 of meth users are between the ages of 12 and 17.

Clearly, this is a problem in need of a solution, but is treating a drug addict with more drugs the answer?

From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 Americans died from overdosing on a drug and those numbers have continued to rise. Americans use the most opioids of any nation; about 130 Americans die every day from overdosing on narcotic painkillers.

The drug industry created the opioid addiction epidemic by quietly pushing what they knew were highly addictive painkillers and then turned around — when the nation’s addiction problem began making headlines — and came up with a drug treatment for the addiction of those drugs.

In other words, drug companies intentionally got people addicted and now they're providing the treatment drugs, which cost billions of dollars, courtesy of your tax dollars.

The losers? The American people. The winners? Big Pharma.

In short, our lawmakers don’t punish drug makers that promote addiction through misleading or false marketing but, instead, reward Big Pharma with more orders for more — albeit different — pills! 

Those companies are raking in more money than ever before. The price for the overdose-reversing drug naloxone (Narcan) for opioid addiction has nearly doubled, from $20 to $40 per dose.

Prescription opioids cost the U.S. at least $75 billion annually and more than 11 million Americans are believed to have abused these medications. This crisis is not happening to one specific group of people: It affects people of every age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status at alarming rates.

If you think addiction could not happen to you, it could, considering addictive painkillers are routinely prescribed for pain related to accidents, car crashes, sports injuries. dental work and surgeries — experiences that are common to people everywhere.

All of this begs the question: Why isn’t more done to prevent the misuse and overuse of narcotic painkillers in the first place, especially since they've been clearly identified as the new gateway drug to heroin?

Narcotic painkillers are not the only overprescribed drugs. Anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants and ADHD drugs are also notoriously overprescribed. 

Millions of prescriptions are written for ADHD drugs, which have gained a reputation as “cognition enhancers” among students and young professionals.

Adverse effects of ADHD drugs include permanent brain damage, liver, heart and blood vessel damage, heart attack, stroke, sudden death, depression, suicide and an increased cancer risk.

Instead of taking prescription drugs, many would fare better were they to address core issues relating to their general lifestyle and health, such as diet, sleep, exercise and employing effective tools for stress relief.

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