Opioids are nothing new. In fact they are some of the oldest known drugs in human history with origins around 5,700-5,500 B.C.
So how come it took 8,000 years for things to get out of hand? One word MONEY.
Back in the 80's Big Pharma had a big idea. They took a drug that does 2 things incredibly well ( eliminates pain and is incredibly addictive) and started a campaign to push it to every corner of the country. It works well initially, but the more you use it you need higher doses for a similar effect and all the while the person is becoming more and more dependent on the drug. Lifelong customers. And the only thing a patient needed to present to the doctor with was pain.
Only now that the problem has reached critical mass and there is no amount of money that can change the narrative about the dangers of the drug and shady dealings of the past have these super companies started to back track. They now admit that the research was faulty, and that they knew it. They either paid off or bullied nearly every M.D in the country to use the new wonder drug from everything to a sprained ankle to a tooth ache.
Now we know why we are here. So what can we do about it? Have no fear Big Pharma steps up again!
My solution. Seek alternative forms of pain management. Chiropractic, massage, accupuncture, yoga. Take tumeric or even hop on the new craze of hemp oil. Take charge of your own health.Do your own research. Work preventatively to eat right and exercise so that the body doesn't break down as quickly. You have the power, and now you have a little bit more knowledge.