The recent declaration by Aerosmith lead singer, Steve Tyler that he's addicted to painkillers highlights an alarming showbiz trend in which more plus much more stars are suffering narcotic deaths addiction.
Tyler joins a growing list of celebrities in which have unwittingly become addicted to prescription medicine. Earlier this year (2009), for example, the actor Burt Reynolds admitted he was 'a prisoner of prescription pain pills' and entered a rehab. The list also includes Winona Rider, Charlie Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Friends' star Matthew Perry, all of who have admitted addiction to painkillers as well prescription harmful drugs. These celebrities are of course fortunate that may afford the price tag on rehab whereas many ordinary folk with similar problems simply can't.
Worse, cases of dependence that took a fatal overdose have soared in the last year or so: the deaths of Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Jackson, and last week the actress Brittany Murphy, are cases in reason for deaths relating to prescription substance abuse and overdose.
It quite clear how the celebrity habit of pill-popping was something of an epidemic whilst celebrity tragedies make the headlines, podiatrists represent the top of an iceberg.
In 2005 (the latest year which is why figures are really far available) non-medical regarding painkillers contributed to more than 8,500 deaths in the united states alone and overdose deaths involving prescription pain relievers increased 114% from 2001 to 2005, according us states Office of National Drug Control Approach. These figures are far more alarming than those recently quoted for The swine flu virus amid panicky talk of pandemics, national emergencies hence forth, yet amazingly relatively little consternation is forthcoming over obviously . carnage try to these detrimental drugs!
In the lighting of the relentless marketing with which these drugs - because of the notion of popping a viagra alternative for every twinge or problem - are sold by their manufacturers, figures for subsequent years may show further increases on the 2005 persons.
Prescription drugs have end up being the new addiction, a brand new problem heaped upon the mountain of drug problems our beleaguered culture has accrued, another tentacle associated with social catastrophe that would cost us - specifically its victims - dear as the years unfold.
But why are we having such a problem? Why have we become the somewhat sad spectacle of just a culture whose enfeebled citizens pop pills for every twinge of discomfort including crutch each and every problem?
Underlying this cultural flaw there lies the billions spent your pharmaceutical industry on marketing in order to instill a thought process about drugs favourable to their efforts to trade them and also persuade us to use a pill as an approach to whatever ails us. For this purpose persuasion, the hazards of those pills (the addictions and complications that can result from what are, so far as physique is concerned, powerful chemical poisons) are hardly ever brought fully and honestly to the interest of the marked audience. One can understand how this comes about - a market desperate to sell its products is probably reluctant to draw in our appreciation of the serious flaws since product, particularly an age in which honesty has become, towards the immense cost, a dangerously devalued trait.
Flanking this there will be the issue men and women faith inside medical course. Too many doctors, trained in the drug-based paradigm in medical schools financially supported your pharmaceutical giants, are frequently reach for your prescription pad and we - in the absence of sound advice from those who should provide it - assume medicines we are prescribed, and indeed encouraged, to use are careful. As a result we tend to think that medication are somehow safer and to take them as seriously as must. The plain truth of the issue is various prescription medicine is as harmful, and often MORE dangerous than street drugs.
This is really a strange contradiction. Doctors quite rightly never miss to be able to tell us of your time and effort of smoking, yet the often greater perils of the concoctions that pour out of the psycho-pharmacy's laboratories receive nothing can beat the same attention. To look at one celebrity tragedy for example the point, Heath Ledger was choosing combination of painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and tranquillisers as he died.
It is usual in such cases for official reports to record death becoming from heart failure. This may be true but this begs nevertheless are these of what the heart of good young adult to stop beating.
What usually happens with celebrities and non celebrities alike is this: individuals take a drug or drugs initially to relieve a discomfort or to deal with a difficulty such as anxiety naturally robbing them of sleep or poor concentration. Then they increase their doses as the tolerance in the drug soars. This is the exact same pattern that occurs with ANY addictive drug but have a tendency not be concerned as the drugs involved were originally prescribed by their physician and the physician in order to advise them adequately - if whatsoever - of the dangers. The drugs, especially if used over an extended period, produce side effects (physical and mental) which can addressed getting more drugs to suppress them. Eventually the patient ends up on a cocktail of drugs that progressively damages his / her her health and mental state and may end up in decline.
In Britain in 2008 a parliamentary inquiry highlighted these very points. It concluded, for instance, that British doctors are contributing significantly into the increasing the numbers of people hooked on prescription drugs (such as painkillers, sleeping tablets and anti-anxiety pills).
For example, according into the British Residence the misuse of benzodiazepines has caused a staggering 17,000 deaths in Britain since they came close to the market within the 1960s. MPs declared these 'extremely concerned' to have received numerous testimonials from people STILL being negligently prescribed these drugs by their GPs.
Medical experts also told the inquiry that a growing, associated with people became addicted to painkillers, often after taking them initially for genuine medical complaints such being a sore back, period pains or bad headaches.
Many men and women have developed a dependence on addictive over-the-counter drugs irresponsibly marketed as 'solutions' to headaches, period pains and thus.
The associated with those enslaved by prescription drugs simply don't realize every one drugs - no matter how great at alleviating an unique set of symptoms - are harmful toxins. They fail to so realize like they do not receive thorough and accurate advice their own doctor.
There is a strong element of irresponsibility for the part of many members of the medical profession and this has hugely assisted the pharmaceutical industry's profit-motivated drive to obtain as millions of people as possible using goods as frequently possible also as long as achievable.
That drive is further assisted by dereliction of duty for the part of our (hah!) governments that are very capable, considering the will, of raising standards among our doctors and insisting on some social responsibility located on the part men or women who market and sell drugs.
Parliamentary enquiries and hand-wringing are benefit but where is the ACTION that start to roll back this catastrophe?