opioids

  1. Opioids are no better than Advil and Tylenol

    EXPOSED: The world's most powerful painkillers DON'T WORK!

    They HOWL. They SCREAM. They CRY out in agony.

    And they DEMAND powerful prescription opioid drugs for chronic pain.

    No, I don't mean the patients.

    I'm talking about Big Pharma and its paid-for pals in mainstream medicine!

    They've fought tooth and nail against any effort to slow or stop the rising tide of opioid use and abuse by INSISTING that the drugs are "essential" to the millions of Americans struggling with chronic pain.

    Well, friend, the patients have finally raised their own voices.

    They've spoken up... they've spoken loud... and they've spoken as one.

    Turns out: They DON'T NEED those drugs after all!

    A new study put these dangerous, addictive drugs to the test against common over-the-counter painkillers in a gold-standard clinical trial of patients battling chronic pain.

    One set of patients was given opioids -- morphine, oxycodone, or the generic form of Vicodin -- and some were even allowed to increase the dosage and get more powerful long-acting opioids or fentanyl patches as needed.

    The other set of patients got the over-the-counter drugs that you can buy in any supermarket or discount store, including generic forms of Tylenol and Advil.

    The drug industry wants you to believe that the stronger meds -- the prescription opioids that have earned them billions as patients suffer a wave of addiction and death -- are better for these forms of chronic pain.

    But that's NOT what happened!

    Over the course of a FULL YEAR, there were NO DIFFERENCES in either set of patients by any measure you care about.

    Both groups had the SAME improvement in physical function. They had the SAME improvements in pain intensity.

    In fact, when it comes to that pain -- the one thing that these drugs are supposed to be GOOD at relieving -- the opioid patients actually did slightly WORSE!

    It wasn't enough to be considered a significant difference, but that trend alone should tell you that these drugs simply don't deliver on the promise of more relief for chronic pain.

    And given the risks, that means that there shouldn't be any need to give them out.

    If you've got chronic pain yourself, this might sound like an endorsement for Tylenol and Advil.

    It's not.

    While either drug is certainly a better option than opioids, both come with risks of their own, especially when taken often for ongoing problems such as chronic pain.

    The best solution will depend on the cause of the pain, but most patients see dramatic --in some cases, complete -- improvement with a combination of treatments including physical therapy, acupuncture, and osteopathic spinal manipulation along with non-drug remedies like natural anti-inflammatories and topical MSM.

  2. Addiction to opioids starts after common surgeries

    What you need to know BEFORE your surgery

    It's the backdoor to drug addiction.

    Every day, thousands of Americans go into a hospital or clinic for a surgery that's supposed to have a speedy recovery and no real lasting pain.

    Except that's not how it shakes out.

    It hurts... BADLY.

    Whether it's a knee replacement or appendix removal, the recovery isn't as quick as you were promised. And weeks or months later, you're still in agony.

    That's when your doc makes one of the worst decisions of his career -- because that's when he might try to put you on the most powerful and dangerous painkillers in the world.

    New research shows how millions of patients, especially seniors, are turning into hardcore drug addicts... and it's not because they want to get "high."

    It's because they're in pain after surgery and are led to believe they have no other options!

    Folks who have a total knee replacement are FIVE TIMES more likely to get so hooked in opioid painkillers that they're still taking the drugs months later, according to the new study.

    That helps explain why a study last month found that nearly 1 in 10 knee replacement patients get hooked on pain pills.

    But it's not just knee surgeries that lead to drug use. Nearly every form of common surgery looked at in the new study led to opioids far too often -- from knee procedures to hip replacements to several forms of appendix removal.

    Even common gallbladder surgery will boost your odds of getting hooked on opioids by 350 percent.

    This isn't just wildly irresponsible behavior by doctors and surgeons.

    It's downright dangerous... and it's having deadly consequences.

    Some 2.1 million Americans are addicted to opioid drugs, leading to roughly half a million ER visits every year.

    And every day, 78 Americans die because of opioid overdose.

    Many of them are folks just like you: people who never would've dreamed of getting hooked on drugs.

    But they got addicted anyway because of their own doctors -- and, as the new study shows, many of them started down that path after a common surgery.

    The shame of it is that this never needed to happen. If you DO need surgery, you can recover more easily with natural anti-inflammatories -- but in many cases, you might not even need that procedure in the first place.

    For example, if you're a candidate for knee surgery, UC-II collagen has proven to cut pain and stiffness and boost physical function so effectively you can avoid a total knee replacement.

    Despite what you've heard, even appendix surgery is often completely unnecessary. Despite the insistence by ER surgeons that it "has to come out" when it swells, studies show that antibiotics can cut the need for surgery by 92 percent.

    So before you sign up for surgery, do some homework. Find out if you've got other options -- because while it might turn out you need the procedure, many times, you don't.

  3. Opioids during breast surgery can cause more pain

    Opioids commonly given to help with pain during breast cancer surgery can actually lead to more pain after the procedure.
  4. Opioids now a last resort painkiller?

    Opioids have led to widespread drug abuse, so the mainstream is finally trying to crack down on the painkillers.
  5. Opioids may have led to Prince’s undoing

    Two million Americans who are battling chronic conditions also abuse opioids, and reports say rock star Prince may have succumbed to these powerful and dangerous painkillers.
  6. Deaths related to opioids a ‘doctor-driven’ epidemic

    Opioid painkillers kill thousands of Americans annually. Now, even the CDC admits the problem isn’t the patients who take the drugs. It’s the doctors who prescribe them!
  7. Prescription drug abuse in women

    The number of women who die of prescription drug overdoses has quadrupled in recent years -- and most of those deaths are from painkillers, according to new numbers.
  8. Medical marijuana can limit pain meds

    This one's bound to make some pretty big waves: Yet another new study backs marijuana for medicinal purposes in a big way.
  9. Panel nixes painkiller plan

    Here's how hilariously ineffective the FDA's new plan to combat painkiller abuse is: The agency couldn't even convince one of its own rubberstamp panels to rubberstamp it.
  10. The painkiller deception

    I know plenty of people with arthritis who are left wondering why even the most powerful drugs never quite do the trick. So they take more – and higher doses… all the while still fighting pain and getting no better.
  11. Prescription drug abuse finally on FDA's radar

    Now, the organization charged with protecting our health has finally decided to do something about the abuse of prescription opioids, such as Vicodin and OxyContin.

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