by Dr. W.C. Douglas II, M.D.
We don't need dope, smack, crack, meth, heroin or any other street drug to kill ourselves, folks -- because LEGAL meds are doing the job just fine.
Nearly 40,000 people were killed by drug overdoses in 2010 alone, and the vast majority of them -- nearly 60 percent -- were from prescription drugs.
This wasn't some mass wave of suicides, either. Those accounted for just 17 percent of that total.
The rest -- the 83 percent -- were people just like you. People who went to the doctor's office for help, usually with pain, and walked out with a prescription for the drug that would ultimately kill them.
Three quarters of the deaths involved opioid painkillers -- drugs given to seniors every single day, and often for conditions where they are unnecessary and downright ineffective.
In 2009, 40 percent of all patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis were given opioid painkillers. And just last year, a study found that 7 percent of seniors are given opioids after cataract surgery despite the fact that exactly NONE of them should get these meds.
And those are just two of the 1,000 or so conditions that'll get you started on your path toward addiction and death. Back pain, sports injuries, joint problems -- you name it, there's an opioid for that.
As a result, the number of seniors on these drugs has shot up by a third over the last five years -- twice the rate of growth seen among people between the ages of 40 and 59.
The problem with these drugs is that the more you take them, the less effective they become. So you need more... and more... and more... until you're a certified pill-popping junkie dying for your next fix -- dying in every sense of the word.
Don't let this happen to you or anyone you love. If you're battling pain -- especially chronic pain -- you won't find the answer at the bottom of a pill bottle.
The real answer is right there in your body. What you really need is a physician skilled enough to find what's wrong and fix it naturally.
If your own doc is unable -- or UNWILLING -- to do the job, find one who will.
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