Use of the opioid prescription painkiller Oxycontin has been a primary driving force behind the rising problem with heroin and prescription painkiller addiction. Although the drug company manufacturing Oxycontin claimed the medication was non-addictive, it has since gained the ruthless label as the gateway drug to heroin.3
The alarming rise in Oxycontin and heroin addiction was fueled by misleading and false advertising to both the public and prescribing physicians.
In a financial-driven orchestrated marketing effort, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, makers of Oxycontin, unleashed a monster on American citizens, beginning in 1996 with more than 20,000 educational programs to encourage long-term use of opioids to control pain.4
This released an epidemic of colossal proportion that continues to claim lives and cost Americans billions of dollars each year in direct medical costs and lost productivity.
Opioid addiction is a serious problem in the U.S., with deaths more than quadrupling between 2000 and 2013
In the wake of issuing a warning against the use of opioid pain killers for long term pain control, the FDA approved yet another drug with high abuse potential. They also approved the use of opioids in children
Kratom, a plant used for centuries in Southeast Asia that helps with pain control and shows potential to ease opioid withdrawal, has been banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
Hope we will change this!