2016-09-12 13:59:29

Rampant Prescription Drug Use in America

There is no doubt that prescription drugs have their place in society. For better or for worse, studies have shown that up to 70% of Americans are taking prescription drugs for one reason or another. Most prescription drugs being ingested are for things like depression and pain management--a whopping 13% of prescription drug users are taking medicine for pain. According to The American Society of Interventional Pain, more people die from these prescription pain drugs than the number of deaths from vehicular accidents, with numbers as high as 30,000 deaths a year.

Approximately 10 million Americans experience some type of chronic pain. The cost of controlling it surpasses $630 billion annually, making it a huge problem to be dealt with. On top of that, pain medication often comes in the form of opioids, which may be highly addictive. One in six Americans has admitted to using prescription drugs, such as opioids, outside of their intended use to achieve a high, and report that they haven't been able to stop due to an addiction.

Depression medication, on the other hand, is not inherently addictive; however, it can have a number of adverse side effects that the user probably would like to avoid. Therefore, for health or for enjoyment, more and more people are turning to safer, alternative medicine to give them the results they desire without getting addicted or experiencing side effects.

Drugs that Can Replace Prescriptions for Similar Symptoms

There are a number of prescription drugs out there today that are suitable replacements for the huge market of painkillers and antidepressants. These drugs are found to be more pleasant, as they often provide relief from a number of symptoms without adding unwanted side effects. Some of these drugs include:

Marinol. Marinol is used for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. This drug also serves as an appetite stimulant for those suffering from AIDS. It functions as an analgesic and is used by patients with multiple sclerosis, as well.

Salvitex. Salvitex is an oral spray that contains two cannabinoids. It is used for treating neuropathic pain experienced by those who have Multiple Scherosis (MS), while serving as an analgesic for those with advanced stages of cancer.

Dexanabinol. Dexanabinol is a neuroprotective that is often used after cardiac surgery to prevent brain damage and help retain memory.

In places where these and other drugs are available, many are turning to these alternatives--and for good reason. With the fear of side effects or even death looming about their prescription drugs use, many are seeking ways to stay healthy without posing such risks to their health. Because of these alternatives, opioid use such as OxyContin went down 6%, while anxiety medication use dropped 5% overall.

All it takes, according to studies, is around an eighth of an ounce a week via a marijuana vaporizer to keep symptoms such as spasticity, epileptic episodes, chronic pain, nausea, and anxiety at bay. This is a relatively inexpensive and simple way to administer a drug, and the effects can sometimes be felt immediately.  By implementing the use of cannabis through a vaporizer, patients are saving more money and feeling healthier than ever before in states where it is legal. Who wouldn't choose this healthier option?

References: asipp.org | procon.org | cbsnews