It is no secret that there’s a drug problem in the United States. Presidents have declared wars on drugs. Statutes have been created to limit (and grant) access to them.
Of course, “them” refers the real drugs – the marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine…right? But what if the real drug problem isn’t a problem at all? And what if this drug problem was easily solved? Easy, meaning something a 14-year-old could do with access to technology.
It is not the heroin and cocaine that are fueling the current drug issues in America. There is a category of drugs that has an overdose fatality rate higher than both heroin and cocaine combined: prescription drugs.
According to a report from the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, overdose deaths from prescription drugs almost doubled those from cocaine and heroin in 2008. Between 2004 and 2008, the number of people seeking treatment for addictions to opiates climbed 400 percent.
Prescription drugs also lead to more violent criminal acts, such as assaults and robberies – The Dark Knight Rises movie shooter in Aurora, Colo. was prescribed medication. Prescription drug abuse has been declared an epidemic by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], yet there has been little action to remove the epidemic from the streets. Unlike diseases, prescription drugs are much easier controlled.
Drugs Exist for All Things
There is a drug for just about any ailment. Commercials for people with “disorders” and the pills to fix them are broadcast at the public often. Television, radio, newspapers and billboards; it’s everywhere. For example, there is a disorder – a real, diagnosed disorder – called Shift Work Disorder, where the person can’t get enough sleep due to working hours that overlap with sleep schedules. And, of course, a pill for it.
One of the most over-diagnosed disorder in children is Attention Deficit and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD and ADHD, respectively). There has been no announced “cure,” per se, for either disorder, and exact causes of both are unknown.
There are hundreds of websites that list tens of medications that can help “treat the symptoms of ADD/ADHD” with Ritalin being the most common. Does anyone else see a problem here? Medicating a child for being hyperactive is comparable to medicating an adult for working hard.
The Underlying Reason for the Drug Epidemic
There is an underlying reason for the epidemic that is prescription drugs: money. The pharmaceutical companies make hundreds of billions each year in health care and prescribed drugs. The ones who suffer most are the elderly, especially those with diagnoses such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol.
The prices of the medications to “cure” the problems are constantly rising, and with Medicare quickly failing, there is little hope for future generations. The bottom line: there’s no money in the cure. The money is in the medication.
But the pharmacy companies are not the cause of this epidemic, and the cause is 100 percent linked with the cure. The cause is the belief that people need medication. The cure, then, is simple. Get out of that mindset. Awareness and action are the greatest weapons in this war. Not awareness of the fact that prescribed drugs are a problem – everyone knows that – but awareness that there is a way to curb the problem.
The most important thing to do is diet right and exercise. As farfetched as it may sound, improper diets have caused most of the problems that people turn to prescription drugs for in the first place. There are natural ways to solve just about any problem with the body. Plus, medication does not solve the real problem. Medications are foreign substances to the body, which actually throw off the natural currents within and cause the body to become dependent on them (which leads to spending more money to have them).
Even over the counter medications like Robitussin acts as a numbing agent for a cold. It does not cure the cold; it numbs the body to the symptoms. The body heals itself. Flu shots change every year for the “current strand of flu” There is no shot necessary, nor is there one that prevents a virus. With a proper diet, Vitamin D, water, and rest, any flu will not stand a chance. This diet would render a flu infecting a body helpless in a week (you’re welcome).
Diabetics complain about gout, yet they ingest high amounts of sugar, or even worse – high-fructose corn syrup. So they turn to insulin shots. If a diabetic made an appropriate diet a priority, they would be able to live a very “normal” life and be able to eat the foods they love with no need for insulin shots if they plan properly. A proper diet can even help reverse diabetes.
Every body is different; some need more of a certain vitamin than others due to lack of natural production. Aches and pains are a body’s way of calling for help and most can be alleviated with the right nutrition. Drugs are not a cure, and most likely will lead to more problems – not to mention dependence (addiction) – in the future. Get educated, get healthy. Get this problem out of the system.
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