A Dozen States Have More Painkiller Prescriptions Than People
Opioids are becoming the new cocaine as iron-fisted drug laws force drug addicts away from street corner drug dealers and towards pill-pushing prostitutes with medical degrees. After all, why risk going to jail in the biggest prison state the world has ever seen when you can doctor shop until you find one who is willing to write you a prescription for powerful, and legal drugs?
Prescription opioids are quite similar to heroin in chemistry and effects on the user. Of course, heroin is illegal. But fear not, the medical-pharmaceutical establishment has heroin proxies. Today’s current class of opioids are incredibly powerful, and are proving addictive as most of the people who get hooked on them do so after surgery. So, it’s not just doctor shopping drug addicts who go looking for pills. Some of the biggest opioid name brands include:
There are legitimate uses for these drugs, but when enough prescriptions are being written that every American adult could pop a pill every 4 hours for a month there is obviously a problem! That’s a lot of people in severe pain, apparently. Opioids were designed for people with severe pain that other medications may not alleviate. Here’s how these drugs work:
Opioid drugs work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. They reduce the sending of pain messages to the brain and reduce feelings of pain. Opioids are used to treat moderate to severe pain that may not respond well to other pain medications.
Deaths from opioids, usually obtained legally with a prescription, or swiped for free from the medicine cabinet of a friend or relative have shot up nearly 400% since 1999, displacing cocaine as the number one killer of drug addicts. Here’s how the deaths currently break down.
- Opioids: 18,900
- Heroin: 10,600
- Benzodiapenes: 7,900
- Cocaine: 5,400
Despite the fact legal prescription drugs kill nearly 2,000 times more people than mass shooters, the Marxist media throws its weight behind a gun control agenda and not finding a solution to a much deadlier problem.
Drug Dealers with Medical Degrees
Showing the influence of the police state cutting supply but doing nothing to diminish demand for drugs in a sometimes miserable society to live in, doctors are now writing 219 million prescriptions annually, up from 76 million 25 years ago. These statistics from the CDC show just what a windfall shifting supply from drug dealers to doctors has been for not only shameless quacks but unscrupulous drug companies.
Sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, but there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain Americans report. During this time period, prescription opioid overdose deaths increased similarly. The supply of prescription opioid pain relievers remains high in the U.S. An estimated 1 out of 5 patients with non-cancer pain or pain-related diagnoses are prescribed opioids in office-based settings.
According to Frontline, a dozen states now have more prescriptions than people:
- Alabama: 142.9 per 100 people
- Tennessee: 142.8
- West Virginia: 137.6
- Kentucky: 128.4
- Oklahoma: 127.8
- Mississippi: 120.3
- Louisiana: 118
- Arkansas: 115.8
- Indiana: 109.1
- Michigan: 107
- South Carolina: 101.8
- Ohio: 100.1
What’s the government’s solution? Why, more regulation of course! But what proponents of the Drug War fail to realize is prohibition always fails. If there is a demand for a product, there will be a supply for it no matter how many lives are destroyed. Decriminalizing drugs and seeking treatment for those with drug addictions rather than tossing them into crowded jails and making them unemployable with criminal records is not helping the problem.
When a nation has 5% of the worlds population but consumes 75% of its drugs, and has large swaths of people abusing opiates or popping antidepressants like SSRIs, it screams that nation has deep problems well beyond the scope of simple drug addiction. It implies life has become so painful people are looking for any escape they can get their hands on. The marginalization of men, trivialization of sex roles, lifting up of the lowest most degenerate segments of society and making them the role models, debasing the culture, rewriting history, breaking down the nuclear family, among other travesties is why Anglo culture has become spiritually dead in the 21st century.
Millions of people will do something – anything – to get away from being turned into a corporate happiness machine, debased of their biology and humanity. That includes medicating themselves with illegal – and legal drugs.
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