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Superbowl Reveals Deadly Epidemic

Nearly 20 percent of Americans have used prescription drugs for non-medicinal reasons, three-quarters of whom may be abusing them. Legal prescription drug abuse is a silent epidemic, and is part of the reason why the modern American medical system has become the leading cause of death and injury in the United States according to the CDC. In 2014, they also report there were 47,055 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Of those overdose deaths, opioids killed nearly 30,000 people. More than half of those deaths were from prescribed drugs.

In fact, prescription drugs are now the preferred "high" for teens since they are typically obtained legally, which eliminates the stigma of being a "junkie." Even if you don't have your own prescription, drugs of all kinds can be found in the nearest medicine cabinet in most homes. Yet, these drugs are also now being sold on the black market and on street corners, where people are willing to pay upwards of $80 a pill to get their fix. Many become addicted after using the drugs for headaches or back pain; teens are increasingly taking the pills from their parents to use recreationally, under the false assumption that they are not dangerous.

As written in the Baltimore Sun:

"According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription drugs are second to marijuana as the drug of choice for today's teens. In fact, seven of the top 10 drugs used by 12th-graders were prescription drugs.

More than 40 percent of high school seniors reported that painkillers are 'fairly' or 'very' easy to get. They also reported that they believed that if they were to get caught, there was less shame attached to the use of prescription drugs than to street drugs. This mirrors the perceptions of their parents, who when queried said that they felt prescription drugs were a safer alternative to drugs typically sold by a drug dealer."

So how do we stop this scary epidemic? Education is key and spreading the word about the dangers of prescription medicine is important. Most of America has been introduced to drugs very casually through commercials and direct marketing to the public by pharmaceutical companies. It is essential that we change the dominant culture of pain management and start exploring natural options before defaulting to prescription drugs.  Often, taking these drugs produces side effects for which more drugs are needed and it becomes a vicious cycle in the patient’s attempt to simply find relief. 

Most people are prescribed pain medication because of a significant or severe need for pain relief; it is our goal to help those that want to end the cycle of prescription drug use and correct the cause of the pain.  If you are in pain and looking for a way to get rid of it without drugs, make an appointment with Vidan Family Chiropractic. Dr. Alex Vidan was named one of the “Top Chiropractors” in St Louis by St Louis Magazine, and we think that you will find he is the best chiropractor for your needs.  Give us a call at 314-678-9355 to visit our office in Clayton.

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