“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain
Think about it, finding drugs used to be hard work. People used to have to go to street corners and deal with dangerous drug dealers for their fix. And it seemed like drugs used to only effect the inner cities and rough parts of town.
Not anymore. Drug abuse and opiate addiction now affects everyone equally, thanks to your local medical doctor.
Now if you want drugs – all you have to do is visit your local M.D. Tell him the right symptoms and he’ll happily prescribe you all sorts of hardcore addictive substances like: [list type=”tick”]
- Amphetamines (Adderall, Vynasse, Ritalin),
- Narcotics (oxycontin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, etc),
- Benzodiazepines (xanax, valium, etc.)
- And plenty more… [/list]
When you visit your doctor he won’t teach you how to live a healthy lifestyle, like how to eat right or about the benefits of exercising regularly. But he will prescribe you a pill for your problem. And that’s the society we’re living in where a pill for every problem is the norm.
It’s sad to say but the FACT of the matter is that doctors are the new dope dealers. You can’t argue with their industry statistics:
- In 2007, the number of overdose deaths from prescription opioids outnumbered deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.
- In the U.S., prescriptions have increased over the past decade to 3.4 billion annually, a 61 percent increase.
- Retail sales of prescription drugs jumped 250 percent from $72 billion to $250 billion, while the average price of prescriptions has more than doubled from $30 to $68.
- Approximately 1 million ER visits in 2009 could be attributed to prescription drug abuse. Roughly 343,000 involved prescription opioid pain relievers, a rate more than double that of 5 years prior. According to The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN).
- Opioid sales of oxycodone surged 732 percent and those of methadone by more than 1,000 percent between 1997 and 2006.
- In 1994, opioid medications were prescribed at only 6.4 percent of such visits for adolescents, but rose to 11.2 percent in 2007. For young adults, the rate increased from 8.3 percent to 16.1 percent, nearly doubling.
- In total, a controlled medication was prescribed at approximately one out of 6 [health-care visits] for young adults and one in nine for adolescents. Information based on statistics provided by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- Vicodin was the #1 prescribed prescription in the U.S. in 2012 (according to Forbes magazine).[/list]
Hell, Jay Z says it best on his track, The Prelude,
“Back when crack was what these pills are I was a real star…”
Ain’t that the truth Jigga Man.
I’ve seen far too many doctors get people I care about hooked on prescription pills.
You see, here’s how it all went down…
The “war on drugs” didn’t eliminate drugs, it just legalized them so powerful pharmaceutical companies, doctors and the entire medical establishment could get filthy rich selling these highly addictive substances, LEGALLY.
Think about it from the business side – Once a doctor prescribes a narcotic (or any substance that can be addictive), you must come back each and every month and see the doctor again to get that prescription refilled. If you create enough addicts – you have a booming medical practice that pays you each and every month, like clockwork.
And to make matters worse… the drugs your Doctor prescribes are often the REAL gateway drugs.
Let me explain…
Monthly doctors visits and prescription drugs can be very expensive. So what happens if you lose your insurance, your doctor cuts you off or you develop a tolerance to that drug?
You turn to the street. Why? Because street drugs like heroin and methamphetamine are cheaper and 2 – 5x as powerful. Once you’re hooked on those drugs the chances of coming back without serious help are slim.
If you want to point your finger at someone profiting from your suffering… look no further than your local M.D. My point is not that all M.D.’s are bad but it is to tell you to NEVER blindly trust your doctor. Never blindly trust anyone for that matter. It’s easy for M.D’s to be manipulated by pharmaceutical reps and greed, and very often they are the WRONG person to treat addiction. It’s a damned shame to see so many doctors hurting the people they vowed to protect.
Always do your own research, and weigh the pros and cons before deciding to take ANY substance (even if it’s prescribed by your Doc’).