Smorgasbord Health Column – Painkillers – Prescribed and Over the Counter – Side Effects and Addiction.

A very timely and thought-provoking post by Sally which is also scary as the problem is so big and appears to be out of control…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the last twenty years, the USA has been on a downward spiral with regard to opioid addiction.

In 2002, 5,000 people died from overdosing with prescription opioids such as extra strength Oxycontin – Pure Oxycodone  ( a semi-synthetic opioid loosely related to morphine and originally based on elements of the opium poppy) and from others such as Percocet, Percodan which are usually oxycodone mixed with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Other opioid drugs include Fentanyl, Hydrocodone and codeine in various strengths and mixed with NSAIDs or paracetamol.

In 2015 these deaths caused by opioid overdose had increased to 52,000 per annum.

The UK has also seen an increase in addiction. However some of those who are afflicted go unreported, such as when associated with the very elderly. I have personal experience of this with the prescription of Tramadol in excessive doses, and also Oramorph which is a liquid opioid, to my…

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2 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Health Column – Painkillers – Prescribed and Over the Counter – Side Effects and Addiction.

  1. Doctor Jonathan

    A very important topic that needs independent investigation. Although no one likes to see lives sacrificed needlessly, the pharmaceutical industry has had a past history of placing revenue and profit in front of safety and efficacy. I believe the solution lies in the public becoming more aware of pharmaceutical side effects, natural alternatives and a greater need for personal responsibility in making lifestyle decisions.

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    1. Carol Post author

      I totally agree but medication is often delivered especially to vulnerable people who can’t act for themselves especially in nursing homes etc and have no family or friends who are keeping an eye on them..So yes independent investigation is badly needed will it if it is sanctioned address the vulnerable who have no-one to be their voice?

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