Prince’s Death - a Haunting Reminder of our Painkiller Addiction
The death of legendary Prince,
just four months ago, is a stark reminder of our opioid crisis. Toxicology tests concluded that the entertainer died from an accidental overdose of the opioid, fentanyl. Celebrities that shared Prince’s fate include Elvis Presley, Heath Ledger, Chris Farley, and Hank Williams.
In New York City, opioid painkiller overdose deaths increased 267% between 2000 and 2011. The majority of drug overdose deaths, more than sixty percent, involved an opioid, it is estimated that 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
People receive opioids from their doctors, largely to manage pain, however they are also available illegally. In 2014, more than 240 million prescriptions were written for prescription opioids - enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills!
In response to the growing crisis, the U.S. government supports implementation of Medicated Assisted Therapy and policies to curtail overprescribing and inappropriate access.
The truth is that many people who turn to opioid painkillers for pain relief suffer from moderate-severe chronic back pain and/or osteoarthritis and they could greatly benefit from natural therapies, especially if they catch their pain early on. Natural therapies include:
Tuina and herbal medicine has been traditionally used to manage and prevent pain symptoms. Visit The Traditional Method to set up an appointment for herbal wellness consultations, tuina and acupressure massage. Get your pain symptoms under control, naturally.