I have always believed in natural remedies to relieve pain. Unfortunately, since my fall I have been using Aleve, a NSAID which my doctor said I need to stop because, although minor, it negatively increased my kidney function by .03 . And, yes, I refused any form of pain pill from my Doctor. I do not wish to be in a position as Stacy Tebo is today.
I am a member of the Health Sciences Institute which provides many natural remedies in lieu of debilitating drugs. Today I received Volume 19 of “The Best of Health Sciences Institute” which brought the opioid situation back into perspective with an Asian herb.
Since our Town Manager has made a statement of taking Percoset, which includes Opioids and the fact that our Police Chief believed the pills she found to be Oxycodene, all she would need to stop this problem is to show where she had a prescription. However, it is doubtful that she has a prescription and it is probably a opioid stronger that Percoset that is purchased on the street.
Now Stacy doesn’t believe that she is addicted to this medication and further does not believe that by taking these drugs she is causing harm for the Town, the Citizens and the employees which surround her. Some of the symptoms I have noticed of her addiction are:
- Physiologic tolerance
- Feeling like drugs are necessary to perform everyday activities
- Abandoning previously enjoyable activities. She is secretive and shows no involvement with citizens, much less those of her staff.
- WHEN ADDICTION HAS TAKEN HOLD, COMPULSIVE USE PATTERNS PERSIST DESPITE NO MEDICAL NEED
- When our Manager tries to refraining from taking these pills it apparently causes the following problems such as tremors which is why she dropped some pills in the bathrooms.
- A person who is abusing opiates will have constricted pupils, will appear tired and drowsy. They may actually nod out but continue to try to talk as they don’t realize they have nodded out.
- Reduced social interaction (She has nothing to do with anyone even though she should interact with citizens and staff.
- Drowsiness; even when she talks, it will put you to sleep.
- Poor memory and concentration. She mentally is not quick to respond.
- Slow movement and reactions
- Mood swings
- Apathy and depression. Although she is extremely emotional to begin with it appears this has become worse.
This is the reason she probably sits behind closed doors and if she needs something she calls or e-mails people, including staff.
Her job doesn’t seem that difficult especially since she does not have to do as much as she had to in Sanford and in DeBary in accordance with her résumé. She has not improved the town in any way and not even the Street signs and lights can be attributed to her.
All she has to do is provide a prescription or a prescription bottle showing she has been prescribed percoset with a recent date.
The deadly truth about pain medication
Today nearly 50 Americans will die from prescription drug overdose.
That number has been rising…rapidly. In fact in 2014, substantially more people died from drug overdoses than car crashes.
And 28647 of those overdose deaths – 61% of all overdoses —were caused by opioids, the powerful and highly addictive painkillers routinely prescribed for chronic pain sufferers, people recovering from surgery and cancer patients. One new study showed that nearly 50% of people recovering from surgery who had never used opioid drugs before are sent home with opioid prescriptions…and more than 3% continue with these prescriptions for at least 90 days.
And according to the CDC, in 2013 opioid medications brought on 420,040 emergency room visits. That’s not surprising, as long-term prescription opioid use —meaning just three months worth of prescriptions – increase your risk of hospitalization due to overdose by 60%. Stacy contends she has been taking pain medication for 17 years.
Prescription opioids include medications like
- And because they’re prescribed by trusted doctors, people mistakenly believe they are safe. But a single prescription for these dangerous drugs can lead to physical dependence.
An Epidemic by the numbers
Opioid dependence has become an American epidemic, destroying people who have never and would never abuse drugs. That’s because using these drugs correctly as prescribed, can get you addicted…even after very few doses.
Despite growing concerns over the dangers of prescribing opioids, doctors are still handling out prescriptions like candy – and more and more Americans are becoming trapped by pain medication dependence.
- Opioid dependence impacts close to 5 million Americans.
- 99% of the hydrocodone in the world is used by Americans.
- From 2004 to 2011, medical use of opioids doubled…and prescriptions for buprenorphine (less addictive opioid which doctors use to help patients privately to treat their opioid dependence)….increased by 2318%.
- In 2012 doctors wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid drugs – enough for every adult in America to have a full bottle.
- Opioid-related deaths have tripled since 2000.
- In 2014, opioids were linked to 28,647 deaths 14% more deaths than they caused in 2013.
- Deadly overdoses have significantly increased in people age 55 and older.
- And on top of that danger, these drugs may cause negative side effects. Taking opioids for just one month can dramatically alter your brain cells. Patients on long-term opioid therapy report depression and more pain-related interference with activities.
Effectiveness called into question
Opioid drugs are designed to turn down the volume on pain intensity…but how effective are they, really?
The quick answer:; not as effective as you’d expect especially when it comes to chronic pain – which, by definition, is pain lasting longer than three months.
To start, most studies on opioid medications have lasted less than twelve weeks, and some were much shorter than that. On top of that, these drugs are rarely compared to other types of painkillers – like NSAIDs – to see differences in effectiveness. So there’s really no definitive proof that prescription opioid drugs work better than other painkillers for chronic pain, or that they provide ongoing relief for the long haul.
What do we know is that opioid drugs are linked with far more fatalities than even NSAIDs, though their relative safety hasn’t yet been tested in a head-to-head randomized clinical trial. And a review of fifteen clinical trials led researchers to conclude that evidence that opioids are effective even in the short-term wasn’t very convincing that in some studies, they didn’t even outperform placebos and they didn’t work better to relieve pain than NSAIDs or antidepressants in direct comparisons.
Another robust review found that treating chronic pain with opioids put patients at increased risk for addiction, overdose, fractures, heart attacks and sexual dysfunction without showing effectiveness for improving pain or function. And a recent study of 2,163 patients using long-term opioid therapy found that only 20% of them reported low pain levels.
So if you want your pain to truly go away, trash that prescription and turn to the natural pain reliever that’s proven safe and effective over the long-term. Instead of masking your pain by tricking your brain, this potent herb reduces inflammation to restore function…so you can back to your life.
An Asian herb stops chronic pain and is powerful and proven It is called Andrographis paniculata, or the “King of Bitters” It’s effective and safe even with long-term use and not just for pain though multiple clinical trials have demonstrated its effectiveness in erasing even critical chronic pain.
Tames inflammation through multiple crucial pathways
Safeguards your liver
Provides strong antioxidant protection
Fights several kinds of cancer
Protects your brain and improves cognition.
Combats viruses and other infections from malaria to the common cold
Treats fevers, venomous snake bites and poisonous stings
Enhances your immune system.
This Asian herb goes under the name Par/Actin and it eliminates crippling chronic pain for good. The manufacture recommends taking two capsules of Par/Actin daily, either together or one in the morning and one in the afternoon. For people in extreme pain or who weigh more than 175 pounds, it may be best to start with a loading dose of three capsules for the first three days, then lower the dose down to the recommended two capsules daily. Taking ParActin regularly for at least six months can bring long-term relief for chronic pain.
And Ms. Tebo could have used a number of other prescriptions to assist her with inflammation and pain but she chose opioids.
Karin for the blog