Thursday, July 10, 2014

Study: Opioid Painkiller Deaths Increase 250 Percent

Study: Opioid Painkiller Deaths Increase 250%

(Calgary, AB) On July 7, 2014 a story appeared on CTV News "My Heath" titled "Researchers Sound Alarm: Opoid Painkiller Deaths Escalating In Ontario."

The study published in the journal "Addiction" found that the "rate of deaths related to opioid painkillers in Ontario, Canada increased by nearly 250 per cent between 1991 and 2010." The study was undertaken by Toronto's St. Michaels Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
 
The study also concluded that the "problem appears to be especially acute among young people."

As the article explained "opioids are a type of prescription pain medication that can include strong painkillers such as oxycodone, morphine and codeine."

The study itself concluded that "opioid-related deaths are a leading cause of premature deaths... [that] exceeds the years of potential life lost annually due to alcohol use, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS and influenza."

According to the study's lead investigator Tara Gomes "the increase in opioid-related deaths since the early 1990s shows a bit of gap in training for doctors who are not always exploring alternatives to pain management. We do know that Canada is second only to the United States for per capita consumption of opioids in the world so, as a nation, we are consuming opioids at quite an alarming rate.

I don’t think that message is getting across enough yet to prescribers that these are very dangerous drugs and that they should really consider when it is appropriate to prescribe these for one of these patients and when they should be looking for alternatives."


(Read/View Story) Researchers Sound Alarm Opioid Painkiller Deaths Escalating In Ontario
 
 

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A Comment From Life Choice CEO, Owner And Founder Dr. Eldon Dahl, ND


Dr. Eldon Dahl, ND
The increase in death using opioids is 100%  preventable. People get hooked on taking opioids because their defenses are down and they trust the recommendation of their doctors. They take them for they believe them to be safe. If they were approached on the street and offered the same medication they would flatly turn it down but the seducing effect of doctor patient relationship banishes all fear of addiction since it is prescribed under doctors’ orders.
 
Pain is the body’s internal alarm and when suppressed by medication the pain receptors become dulled and diminished and soon the dependency of living on pain killers is established. We are programed to believe the lie, T.V. ads show images of a wooden or metal being, like some Frankenstein, and when the medication is given they become human again as the medication masks the pain silencing their internal alarm to pain until the drugs effect wear off from the body and till the next pill is swallowed.
 
The population of the U.S.A is 4.6 percent of the worlds and consumes 80 percent of its opioids – opioids are another word for legal heroin…and consume 99 percent of the world's hydrocodone. The progression happened very quickly, "from Tylenol 3 with Codeine, to Vicodin, to Percocet, to the Oxycontin."
 
One in three Americans and one in five Canadians suffers from chronic pain, and one in five Americans suffer from mental illness…and Life Choice products offer a natural treatment solution for both.   And children are not spared, in Canada 2% of boys and almost 6% of girls between 12 and 17 years of age report being chronic pain. Seniors living in the community suffer as much as 65% and in care homes up to 80%.
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