A Nation Addicted to Pills: The Time for Action is Now
Last months' Time Magazine cover story highlights a pressing public health epidemic that has broad reaching negative ramifications; an epidemic of such significant proportions that it is one of the worst in U.S. history. Per recent data from the National Institutes of Health, this epidemic affects millions with approximately 9.4 million using opioids for the management of long term pain with 2.1 million addicted. It is also noted that some reports estimate that over 100 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of chronic pain, which makes them even more prone to developing an addiction to these powerful painkillers. Despite not having concrete scientific data to substantiate utilizing them for the management and treatment of chronic pain, physicians still continue to prescribe them at alarming rates. Per recent IMS data as of the year ending September 30, 2014, in the U.S. physicians prescribed 123.3 million prescriptions for hydrocodone/acetaminophen (generic Vicodin). If the U.S. is in the middle of one of the worst epidemics in its history how can we as a medical profession possibly justify continuing to write prescriptions for one of the primary offenders, especially at these numbers?
Per the Times article: “Part of the problem, according to the NIH, is that doctors have no scientific certainty over when and whether it’s safe to use opioids to treat long-term pain. “There is insufficient evidence for every clinical decision that a provider needs to make regarding use of opioids for chronic pain,” a NIH panel on opioids concluded earlier this year. The American Academy of Neurology last year concluded that the risks of long-term opioid treatment for headaches and chronic low-back pain likely outweigh the benefits.”
“There were no reliable studies proving opioids worked safely against chronic pain, because it would be unethical to require pain patients in a control group to go months on end without medication. “It’s not practical for us to require people to go for a year on a placebo,” says Janet Woodcock, head of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research”
Given the extent of this problem and the havoc it is causing millions, their families, our healthcare system, Military and Government, these justifications are no longer acceptable. As clinicians and scientists we are obligated to protect the interest of the public and provide them with the best chance for optimal health. We are also obligated to provide them with safe, effective treatment options and in this case we are failing miserably.
There is good news however. We at Ultimaxx Health are dedicated to ending this epidemic. Therefore, we’ve developed LEVARE (la-var-ay) a safe, effective, clinically tested, non-narcotic, non-habit forming OTC pain relief alternative to prescription opioids and other OTC pain relievers that are laden with significant adverse side effects. We intend to educate consumers, Government and Non-government organizations, our U.S. Military, clinicians and relevant parties about this amazing solution as well as on other natural products that we are developing in order to improve the general health and well-being of our society at large.
Given the urgency of this situation, we can no longer continue with the same rhetoric, inaction and continued production of new prescription opioids dressed up as “abuse-deterrent” formulations etc., as they are still opioids. We must act now and Ultimaxx Health intends to do all that it can to raise public awareness as well as sustain this “Movement” to end this scourge on our society. More information can be found at www.ultimaxxhealth.com