Chronic disease is epidemic in the USA; seven of every 10 Americans who die each year, die of a chronic disease. Pain is one of the most common
symptoms that starts early in the disease process.
There are no cures, few treatments, and often, no diagnosis until the acute late stages; many people "self-medicate" to dull the pain and keep
going. The direct effects of over-the-counter painkillers send more than 200,000 Americans to emergency rooms each year, causing an estimated 16,000
deaths. "Side effects" from OTC pain relievers include internal bleeding, and kidney, liver and heart damage. The FDA is cracking down by demanding
sterner warnings on package labels, but will not require that patients be advised of cardiovascular risks until the "future."
Dec. 20, 2006 — Popular over-the-counter pain pills such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetominophen would have to carry labels with sterner warnings
under a government proposal to better emphasize the drugs' risks.
Federal health officials cautioned the tens of millions of Americans who take the drugs of their potentially serious side effects and released the
planned label changes.
Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen and the other related over-the-counter drugs remain safe and effective when used as directed, the Food and Drug
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So why isn't the FDA putting "cardiovascular risk factors" on the labels? It's the least they could do. Heart disease is the leading cause of
death in the USA, and painkillers arguably are a factor contributing to its prevalence. For that matter, kidney disease is rising fast as a leading
cause of death, and kidney damage is a well-known "side effect" of painkillers.
Someone should do the math, and include indirect
effects in the equation:
1. Chronic disease + pain + pain relievers + cell damage from pain relievers = a compromised immune system
2. A compromised immune system = greater susceptibility to other diseases + even more complications = more disease
3. More disease = rising health care costs + disability + unemployment + forced early retirement = larger Social Security payouts
Hey! I have an idea!
Why don't we just cut to the chase and dismantle Social Security? Let everybody live, and die young, on painkillers.
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[edit on 22/12/2006 by Mirthful Me]