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AP analysis finds pain medicine use has skyrocketed 88 percent

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posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 02:21 PM

AP analysis finds pain medicine use has skyrocketed 88 percent

The amount of five major painkillers sold at retail establishments rose 88 percent between 1997 and 2005, according to an Associated Press analysis of statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

More than 200,000 pounds of codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and meperidine were purchased at retail stores during the most recent year represented in the data. That total is enough to give more than 300 milligrams of painkillers to every person in the country.

(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 02:21 PM
Maybe religion used to be the opiate of the masses, as Marx once said, but opiates are now the opiate of the masses.

The AP study finds an aging population, drugmaker marketing programs, and changes in pain management philosophy to be contributing factors to this dramatic increase.

Could drug-induced apathy be another factor?
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 02:32 PM
reply to post by Icarus Rising

Thanks for the post!

I am not in the least way surprised by the article. When drug companies are constantly pimping their products in all forms of main-stream media, people are conditioned to reach for a bottle of this or that.

For many people, it is easier to pop a pill to deal with the problems, stresses and pains of life than to actually address the issues directly. Of couse, this suits the Powers That Be just fine - they make more money off the drugs and the masses are too sedated or impaired to kick up a fuss about anything.

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 03:19 PM
Not surprising, theres alot to feel pain about. I wonder how many of those are returning soldies or family members of dead and injuried soldiers?

[edit on 17-8-2007 by Peruvianmonk]

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 03:27 PM
the article doesn't mention the wide spectrum of "HCL" products....

probably because it's such a mild drug. mostly mood altering,
from symptoms of dizziness to a sleep inducer...

i'd put it in with the cough medicines, nasal inhalers, and other otc remedies in its debilitating strength...FYI

[edit on 17-8-2007 by St Udio]

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 04:01 PM
What are "HCL" products, diuretics?

I'm not sure I have heard of them before.


posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 04:10 PM

That total is enough to give more than 300 milligrams of painkillers to every person in the country.

Why they gotta tease you like that?

So lets see if I remember right... the 50s were alcohol, the 60s were opiates, the 70s were barbs, the 80s were benzos, the 90s were antidepressants, and now we're back to opiates.

What will the labs synthesize next?

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 04:27 PM

Originally posted by Icarus Rising

Maybe religion used to be the opiate of the masses, as Marx once said, but opiates are now the opiate of the masses.

. . . Opiates are the religion of the masses.

Hey; look on the bright side---with all the headache remedies being consumed, workplace murders continue to decline.

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 05:24 PM

Originally posted by Icarus Rising
What are "HCL" products, diuretics?

I'm not sure I have heard of them before.

just watch the current TV ads, all those restfull, tranquil, or mellowng out drugs are
->> 'HCL'

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 06:56 PM
Thanks for the background on HCL, St. Udio. Its HCT, or HydroChloroThiazide that is a diuretic. I noticed it attached to my BP med., and I don't seem to tolerate it well.

Dr. Strangecraft, thanks for your look at the bright side, always a pleasure to read your posts.

You're right apc, 300 milligrams is hardly an effective dose of most painkillers in pill form.

Here's another timely headline for y'all.

FDA warns nursing moms of pain drug risk
Side effect of codeine can cause overdose in breast-feeding infants

Nursing mothers who take codeine should watch their infants for increased sleepiness or other signs of overdose, federal health officials warned Friday.

The Food and Drug Administration warning of the rare but serious side effect was prompted by a 2006 report of the death of a nursing infant whose mother was given codeine for episiotomy pain.

Genetic testing later showed the woman’s body converted the codeine to morphine more rapidly and completely than in other people. That led to higher-than-expected morphine levels in her breast milk.

Codeine is among the most common drugs taken by new mothers, FDA officials said.


Talk about original sin!

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 07:04 PM
LOL 300mg huh? thats just under 4 days worth for me at my current prescribed dose...20mg hydrocodone 4xday.

id love to say the world was a beautiful place for me but that would be a lie, the pain fights through the drugs and my body has adapted to the dose long ago but due to the tylenol content of the pills i cant really take moer without killing my liver in a few days. and due to interactions with my other meds oxy is out, which im ok with cuz synthetic or not i dont need heroin.

heres hoping science decides that a cure is better than treatment soon, cuz if they keep dickin around too long i wont be around to be a customer much longer. better to keep me alive so that i can be a customer of other products down the road id think lol.

or maybe i just need more sleep.

PS, regardless of how my post sounds or any "warning signs" anyone may entirely too stubborn to do anything to myself, when i said i may not be around that was due to my condition not my own actions. figured id piont that out.

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 07:18 PM
I've taken quite a bit of hydrocodone for my back. The big dose pills are usually 7.5mg Hydrocodone/750mg Acetominophen (Tylenol). You must be taking 4 X the 5/500's. I couldn't tolerate the Tylenol, either, so I switched to Vicoprofen, which is 7.5mg Hydrocodone/200mg Ibuprofen, for a while. Eventually, that made me sick too. The Vicoprofen has the added benefit of the anti-inflammatory effect of Ibuprofen, though. Maybe you can ask your doc about it, if you think it would help. Ibuprofen eventually affects kidney function, though, so its a trade-off. No good being in pain all the time, I can attest to that.

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 07:53 PM
2 10/325's actually. and i already take 1000mg of advil a couple times a day with everything else so trading to the toher one may either be a good idea or a bad one, but as tylenol and advil work cocomittently (i never could spell that) the current mix seems ok.

but since im erally only getting about 65% of the tyelenol i would be if i took other mixes of the pills (vs say two of the /500 ones) i have SOME room there but tylenols one of those "safe" drugs that actually scares the hell out of me and i prefer to keep my intake as low as i can.

and when you throw in the 3600mg of neurontin i take a day, i just prefer to keep ANYthing as low as i can

but since the narcotics make me sick, dont know if its just me or the interation with the neurontin, i take 50mg of phenargan 4x day too.

my dr actually laughs when she writes out my Rx's anymore, she says anyone else she knows would be near comatose. but ive been building this tolerance for well over a year now so yeah...

[edit on 17-8-2007 by Damocles]

[edit on 17-8-2007 by Damocles]

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 08:11 PM
as i bow out of your thread,
i'd point out that the 88% increase in painkiller use
is a notable thing...not in the growth of %....but in the subdued growth.

how so?
well, to my sensibilities there has been a phenomenal growth in the available painkiller pharmaceuticals released to the public...
especially 'custom' pharmaceuticals for specific pains & ailments.

If there's been 500 new products marketed for specific ailments & aches & pains...
And the population grew by millions,
Then a mere 88% increase of pain-killer use is only 'proportionate'
and is not a dangerous trend spinning out of control (IMHO)

Sociologists might have a theory/reason on the trend.

in the posts so far, it sorta reveals that we all involved as a part of this 88% growth of painrelief consumption.... but none of us considers themselves as a part of a 'problem'


posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 08:42 PM
Yeah, neurontin sucks. I took large doses of it for about a year and it did nothing but make me feel sick and tired.

Be careful mixing Tylenol and Advil, I've heard that is really bad for you. I have weaned myself to 600mg Ibuprofen 4x/day, and I pray a lot, trying to take my mind off the pain.

St. Udio, I wasn't pointing fingers at anyone, and I do believe the problem lies with the pharma lobby. I honestly think the drug induced apathy angle needs more discussion, but I'm not sure anyone cares enough to participate. I guess its working.

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 09:20 PM
well it took a month to get me to the dose of neurontin im on, and honestly, i cant say anymore if it helps or not, but, considering how i feel while im ON it, i honestly dont know if im willing to risk what id feel like OFF of it.

thats why i hope and pray that my new dr agrees with my first specialist and that surgery is an option for me, cuz mentally im not sure i could take life in a wheel chair, which is where im headnig without real intervention for my problems. of course, the wheel chair is just another phase of this condition, the last phase of course could be an early "retirement" from life, so wish me luck in 2 weeks.

posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 09:49 PM
I'm stuck in the runaround, too. I opted for a second round of PT in '03, and didn't show any improvement, in fact, I got worse. That prompted the insurance company handling my claim to decertify my diskogram, and I haven't had any treatment since, except all the drugs, while my condition deteriorates into cauda equina. Nice. I'm trying to avoid a wheelchair and an early checkout, as well.

I don't believe in luck anymore, only God's will. I will pray for temporal relief for us. Meanwhile, God's grace is sufficient, and I count it all a blessing.


posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 10:08 PM
well, i hope this isnt seen as sidetracking your thread by any means so in with that ill keep this short and allow viewers to return to their regularly scheduled thread...

yes, i too believe in god, but in light of all of this i also believe he's really pissed at me.

i tend to say that in jest a lot but i cant honestly say im joking lol. ive just learned to not say it around my parents who dont see the humor in such comments.

posted on Aug, 18 2007 @ 01:56 AM
Used to be, the social attitude towards taking pain relievers was, and still is to some degree, to disparage of the person in pain. [ What a weakling... he/she takes pain killers. That's another topic... why do we judge so harshly those who seek relief?]

But, for all the mentioned influences, the use of pain relievers may only appear to have risen. I see chiefly, mercifully, in some medical practices it has become OK to treat the GD pain. Thank God! Someone is listening.

It's not just greed that plays in the pain scene. We humans hurt. Aging hurts. Ailments hurt. Screw 'biting the bullet'. Enduring chronic pain, or any pain, changes your personality... much for the worse. From PMS to Fibromyalgia to back or foot pain. No one is immune from that result. And more forms of relief have been developed. Thank God!

But, has need risen? Well, that's hard to quantify. I do know that one hundred years ago asprin was a miracle... no more sucking on willow bark for minor pain. But people still used laudanum... alchohol and opium for strong pain. Moms rubbed it on teething babie's gums. The elderly used it. Anyone in pain used it. ( Think Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner ). And the age old reliever.... alcohhol in any form. It does help. But, it has its drawbacks. The most all do. They're hard on the organs.

So, remember that the person who wrote the AP piece was someone looking for a topic THAT day. What is their motive? I can't tell. But, in our habitual responses to certaing key words, "RISEN" might signal alarm. "PAIN RELIEVER USE HAS RISEN!!!!" Don't be alarmed. It's a 'no duh'! We're just getting bludeoned with information and hear about it more.

My experience with untreatable chronic pain informs my response to "rising pain reliever use"... Thank God! Some pain addeled person isn't going to cut me off in traffic, or I'm not going to ruin dinner tonight yelling in pain fueled anger.

My last comment is... there must be a better way to selectively defeat debilitating pain. Now, that's something that Big Pharma might be sitting on. Were that true, I hope they develop an itch they cannot scratch.

posted on Aug, 18 2007 @ 08:39 AM
reply to post by bprintz1

I completely agree with you that we are being bludgeoned with information - from all sources and most of it has little or no impact on our everyday lives.

I'm sure everyone reading understands the easily manipulated nature of statistics, possibly including the referenced article. But, I don't think it takes away the fact that whether you surf the net, read a mag or watch t.v., you are bombarded with advertisements for meds. That sort of conditioning is bound to influence the population.

Also, I agree with a premise on this thread that people, even those without disease, are looking to soften the blows of everyday life with something.

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