Responsible vs Irresponsible Drug Use
"Before you start to judge me, step into my shoes, walk the life I am living and if you get as far as I am, just maybe you will see how strong I really am"
Although our products provide a natural alternative to pain relief, under no circumstance do we judge or "put down" responsible people who require prescribed medication to function. We respect the rights of people to seek the best solutions for their conditions. Responsible drug use includes consulting with trusted physicians and being advised of the benefits, side effects and possible risks.
Unfortunately, over time some do become tolerant, dependent or addicted to prescription or over the counter drugs. The data and statistics below are intended solely for the general information of our visitors. The information is also not intended to dictate what constitutes reasonable or appropriate care for any health issues.
- Tolerance and dependence are not the same as addiction
- Tolerance occurs when using opioids for chronic pain. It means the body has become used to the drug, and it has less effect at a given dose
- Dependence means that there may be unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if a person abruptly stops taking the drug
- Addiction means a person has lost control over the use of the drug and might make irresponsible decisions and cause harm or death
Prescription drug misuse, overuse and abuse in the U.S. has increased, to the point that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now labels the problem an EPIDEMIC.
Each kind of pain medicine has benefits and risks, whether prescribed or over-the-counter.
More than 36,000 people die from drug misuse or overdoses each year
- It is reported that over 500,000 drug related emergency room visits occur each year
- The highest death rate from Opioid Pain Relievers is adults between the ages of 45 - 54
The average American spends almost $1,000.00 on prescription drugs each year - more than any other country in the world
The annual use of prescription painkillers in the U.S. is more than $70 billion.
Nonprescription does not mean nontoxic. Over-the-counter pain relievers are typically only used for the temporary relief of acute pain.
There is a vicious circle between pain and decreased activity. When in pain, a common reaction, or fear, is to avoid activities that may hurt or worsen the pain. But, when someone stops doing things they once enjoyed, they are often still hurting and quitting the activities they once enjoyed may make them feel angry, sad, frustrated, and disappointed.
In addition to the physical pain, now they have to deal with negative psychological feelings which can, in turn, INCREASE the physical pain levels.