Guess I’ll Sit Around and Medicate – America’s Opioid Crisis

I look at the big picture of the drug culture in the United States and how widely accepted it is to medicate yourself yet when that doctor prescribed medication leads to addiction or illegal drugs enter into the picture it becomes taboo. 

What’s the difference, really? One is government sanctioned while the other remains illegal and therefore underground. Chemical substances that alter the body and the mind (alcohol included) have the same effects – regulated or not.

Listening to the lyrics of the hit song Rx – Medicate by Theory of a Deadman I find myself reflecting on my life and all of the people I have cared about over the years.

Tyler Connolly’s lyrics reflect the state of the opioid crisis here in America as well as it’s overall drug culture. It’s a realistic and sad commentary on just how bad things have become. Nearly anyone you talk to these days has been touched by this in some way – personally, by a friend or a family member.

Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year alone, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. That is up 540% over the last 3 years. Alcohol-Related Deaths: An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually. These numbers are growing and are staggering, killing more people than HIV, Guns, and Car Crashes combined.

As a country? We are literally killing ourselves.

I look back and so many of my friends that I used to go out and have a good time with have fallen prey to addictive behavior that has set their health and lives back at one time or another, hurting relationships, friendships and the people they care about but mostly harming themselves. It makes me feel very sad and at the same time alarmed at what is going on around me.

How did this country get here? While there is no way I can pinpoint a single blanket reason, I do know for sure that the rate at which anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, and painkillers are dispensed like tic-tacs for-profit and kickbacks plays a big part. The list of side effects that are accepted include raised suicide risk and death, how are these medications legalized, to begin with, and who decided that risk of death is worth it?

The other portion of the equation is personal responsibility for your own happiness and mental wellbeing. The message has been pushed loud and clear in media.

“If you aren’t happy, take a pill.”

When the real answer is never found in a pill, it’s found within. Working on your life and on yourself – without chemical interference. Medications in some cases can serve as a temporary band-aid, but they aren’t a cure and worse, they can become a trap.

This isn’t an easy problem. It has become interwoven into our culture. From the outside dealing with someone who is addicted leaves you feeling helpless because no matter what you do or say – you cannot really help. I cannot even imagine being on the other side of the coin.

I don’t have any answers here. Just happened to be listening to Spotify and that song really struck a cord. To anyone dealing with drug or alcohol dependency on any level – I sincerely wish you the very best. 

 

Violence – A Side Effect of Psychotropic Drugs

These days antidepressants, psychotropic drugs, and mood enhancers/stabilizers are being given out by physicians like Tic-Tacs.

Feeling sad? Have a pill. Feeling mad? Take a pill. Feeling anything at all? – We must correct that! – Here is a prescription.

When did we all stop dealing with our problems and start believing that swallowing a magic pill would solve everything?

It would be lovely if it worked. The proof is in the pudding though. More and more patients on these medications are losing their grip on reality and becoming actively violent.
Recent shootings in the news – Sandy Hook, The Batman Movie Shooting, Columbine, and others all have a common denominator : Prescription drugs were all in their systems at the times these crimes were committed.

According to a study published in the journal PLoS One and based on the Food and Drug Administration’s Adverse Event Reporting System, the following mind-altering drugs are most frequently linked to violence:

10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) is an antidepressant associated with 7.9 times more violence than many other drugs.

9. Venlafaxine
 (Effexor) is related to Pristiq and is an antidepressant also used in treating those with anxiety disorders. Effexor is 8.3 times more associated with violent behavior than other drugs.

8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) is an antidepressant that affects serotonin (SSRI) and is 8.4 times more likely to be linked to violence than other medications

7. Triazolam
 (Halcion) can be addictive and is a benzodiazepine that supposedly treats insomnia. It’s 8.7 times more likely to be associated with violence than other medications.

6. Atomoxetine (Strattera) is often prescribed to tread ADHD and is 9 times more likely to be associated with violence.

5. Mefoquine (Lariam) treats malaria and sometimes products bizarre behavior, and it is 9.5 times more likely to be linked to violence.

4. Amphetamines come in many forms and are often used to treat ADHD (even to children not diagnosed with ADHD). They are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence.

3. Paroxetine (Paxil) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. Many users experience severe withdrawal symptoms and are more likely to produce children with birth defects as well as 10.3 times more likely to be linked to violence than other medications.

2. Fluoxetine (Prozac) is a household name for a powerful SSRI antidepressant linked with 10.9 times more violence than other drugs.

1. Varenicline (Chantix) is administered to smokers to supposedly help curb cigarette cravings, but it’s a whopping 18 times more likely to be linked to violent behavior than other drugs.

There is literally no accountability. Pharmaceutical drugs are killing people by the thousands through both toxicity and behavioral side effects, but no one seems interested in banning these drugs or holding Big Pharma and prescribing physicians accountable.

The FDA, which approves these drugs, recognizes that more 100,000 adverse drug reaction deaths occur each year. This is the fourth leading cause of death, ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, accidents and automobile deaths.

Drug companies bribe doctors to prescribe their medications and use fake studies to build belief in their effectiveness and safety.

The best way to deal with your feelings is to face them head on. Drugs are a crutch, and not a very good one at that.

They may make you feel better in the interim short term, but they do not have the ability to correct anything. They cannot and do not make better life choices for you that will lead to happiness.
If you feel you have a chemical imbalance, consult a Holistic or Naturopathic Physician who can help you work with not against your body in order to correct this.

Originally published: http://blogs.naturalnews.com/violence-a-side-effect-of-psychotropic-drugs-2/