America has a prescription addiction. Both the rich and the poor are dying from accidental prescription drug overdoses. The latest victim? Our beloved, Prince Rogers Nelson. According to numerous news reports, the Prince autopsy has revealed that Prince died on April 21, 2016 from a Fentanyl overdose, an opiod. According to the website, drugfreeworld.org, the drug Fentanyl killed more than 1,000 people in the United States in 2007. The drug is reportedly thirty to fifty times more powerful than heroin.
But, why are so many people dying from prescription drug overdoses? Why is there a prescription addiction in America which is leading to 45% of drug related deaths? Should doctors–who are writing these lethal prescriptions–be held accountable?
Not known by many people, but prescription drugs are responsible for more drug related deaths than all street drugs COMBINED. This includes: heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. It begs the question, who is the real drug dealer.
I decided to do a podcast on this topic because its troubling that citizens of the US are suffering from more drug overdoses and nothing seems to be slowing it down. There have been no laws passed regarding prescription overdoses, there has not been an across the counter accountability for doctors whose patients are dying… People are dying and nothing is happening.
Is the US in a prescription addiction crisis? I think so. According to drugfreeworld.org, 4.4 million US teenagers (aged 12 to 17) admitted to taking prescription painkillers in 2005. In fact, 2.2 million abused over-the-counter drugs such as cough syrup.
The podcast shares my personal experiences with alternatives to prescription drugs, but more importantly poses some important questions:
- Should doctors be penalized when their patients accidentally overdose?
- How many accidental overdoses can Americans die from before we realize they aren’t all accidents?
- Is it time for American citizens to take back the power from the pharmaceutical industry?
If things continue as they are, prescription abuse and accidental overdoses are going to continue to claim American lives. The question is: What are we going to do about it? Leave your comments below.
Peace & Love,