You may not know this, but painkillers take more lives than the hardest illegal drugs – heroin and cocaine.
No one said that legal drugs were so different than illegal drugs.
Painkillers usually numb the pain and thus your brain decreases the body’s ability to process pain signals. It is very easy to enter this “feel good” state and get a serious addiction. This is no different than a heroin user who needs to inject the drug, couple of times a day in order to reach the high that he became so accustomed to.
A study conducted by McGill University in Canada, compared the results of painkillers deaths with those of heroin and cocaine. The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health, and some of the key findings were:
– In 2010, in the US over 16.000 deaths resulted from painkiller use.
– The US and Canada are number 1 and 2 per capita when it comes to painkiller consumption.
– The people addicted to painkillers, also often abuse them and take large doses to feel a more “euphoric effect”.
– These large doses can stop the breathing, which would result in death.
People may ask themselves “how is this still going on”.
According to the CDC (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention), 12 million people were found using painkillers without a prescription. Most of these people are taking painkillers to get high. Half of the deaths from painkillers involve another drug such as alcohol or another pharmaceutical medicine.
Thousands of people are arrested for possession of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other drugs, but the medical establishment seems to turn a blind eye when it comes to pharmaceutical deaths that even surpass these hard drugs.