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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 09:23 AM

10 Most Dangerous Prescription drugs in America ..

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http://www.alternet.org/story/153576/the_10_most_dangerous_meds_driving_america%27s_pill_crisis?akid=8073.37525.zmi2LV&rd=1&t=5

For the first time in nearly a century, automobile accidents are no longer the nation’s leading cause of accidental deaths, according to a major report released Tuesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. The new number one killer is drugs—not smack, crystal meth or any other stepped-on menace sold in urban alleyways or trailer parks, but bright, shiny pills prescribed by doctors, approved by the government, manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and sold to the consumer as “medicine.” Yet of the billions of legit pills Americans pop every year for medical conditions serious and otherwise, the vast majority of lives are claimed by only a select few classes—painkillers, sedatives and stimulants—that all share a common characteristic: they promote abuse, dependence and addiction.

This list of brand name and generic drugs was compiled from the Drug Abuse Warning Network's (DAWN's) database of emergency room visits in 2009, including drug poisonings that lead to both deaths and survivals.

1. Xanax (alprazolam) 112,552 (benzodiazepine class)

2. OxyContin (and other oxycodone drugs) 105,214 (opiate class)

3. Vicodin (and other hydrocodone drugs) 86,258 (opiate class)

4. Methadone 63,031 (opiate class)

5. Klonopin (clonazepam) 57,633 (benzodiazepine class)

6. Ativan (lorazepam) 36,582 (benzodiazepine class)

7. Morphine drugs 31,731 (opiate class)

8. Seroquel (quetiapine) 29,436 (antipsychotic class)

9. Ambien (zolpidem) 29,127 (sedative class)

10. Valium (diazepam) 25,150 (benzodiazepine)

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Stuart G Dec 2011 OP
ixion Dec 2011 #1
Stuart G Dec 2011 #2
ixion Dec 2011 #3
chervilant Dec 2011 #14
WCGreen Dec 2011 #4
madmom Dec 2011 #5
sarge43 Dec 2011 #24
JNelson6563 Dec 2011 #6
City Lights Dec 2011 #7
fredamae Dec 2011 #8
DocMac Dec 2011 #9
Cooley Hurd Dec 2011 #10
iscooterliberally Dec 2011 #11
polly7 Dec 2011 #12
Stuart G Dec 2011 #16
polly7 Dec 2011 #17
HoosierStateDem Dec 2011 #13
cbayer Dec 2011 #15
EC Dec 2011 #18
DirkGently Dec 2011 #19
Mojorabbit Dec 2011 #22
PotatoChip Dec 2011 #20
separationcs Dec 2011 #21
Mojorabbit Dec 2011 #23
Stuart G Dec 2011 #25
Initech Jan 2012 #26
slay Jan 2012 #27
Stuart G Jan 2012 #28

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 09:27 AM

1. And yet, who does the DEA, et. al focus on? Pot smokers.

 

Because I'm sure that Big Pharma would take offense were they to focus on the more dangerous drugs, like these.

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Response to ixion (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 09:28 AM

2. That is correct, Pot...all that effort for what??

think about that one..
all that effort for what?????

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 09:30 AM

3. for what? For the privatized prison industry, for the security state, and as an excuse

 

to destroy the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That would be my answer.

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 05:13 PM

14. Actually,

A great resource for identifying the 'reasons' cannabis was made illegal is the book "Licit and Illicit Drugs" by Edward M. Brecher and the Editors of Consumer Reports. In fact, this book is a repository of essential information about drugs, and our species' long history of drug use and abuse.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 09:32 AM

4. I take Vicodin, Ambien and have had Ativan before...

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 09:50 AM

5. After my surgery last fall, the doc gave me oxycodone for pain. I

took one pill then got rid of the rest. I told the doc to give me something else. I have never felt so "out of it" , it was (to me) very scarey. I can't understand why people like/want to feel this way.

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Response to madmom (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:07 AM

24. Same here

Got the worst heartburn I've ever experienced and crashed in flames. Scared me bug eyed. The pain was better.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 10:25 AM

6. Addiction is really hitting epidemic

I can't believe how many hard core addicts I know. Not stereo-typical addicts either. Parents, professionals, that sort of thing. Seems most start outwith prescriptions, grow to like it way too much and the next thing you know, life revolves around getting the junk.

A good portion of the drugs addicts buy come from patients who get 'scripts and sell them. As far as I am concerned the blame for this goes up and down the food-chain.

Julie

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 10:43 AM

7. I took Vicodin once after getting a tooth pulled.

I took one and threw the rest away. It didn't do anything for the pain, but made me feel really weird.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 10:44 AM

8. No! No! Cannabis IS The Most Deadly Drug!

"They All Say it is! They spend Billions Annually to be Sure society is "saved" from someone consuming a bit of Cannabis! Its for your Own Good-Take these Pills-They are safer and Legal and, and, and...thats "just a plant-there's not enough evidence! Besides we Will toss you in prison if you are caught happy!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:04 AM

9. Xanax (Alprazolam) has more benifits than people realize.

It actually helps to lower cholesterol, is prescribed for Irritibal Bowel Syndrome, reduces stress and seizure occurance, and will provide sleep for those who cannot. Anxiety and panic issues are probably the biggest reason to have a prescription for this med. This is also good for those who have tingling in their hands and feet and new meds like Lyrica are not the answer for this IMO.

Alprazolam, like most drugs, must be weened off of. That is what makes it dangerous. Withdrawl seizures are a major issue with Benzo's. One can find Alprazolam in .25mg, .50mg, 1mg, and 2mg.

When you look at the side effects, you get what you would expect in dizziness. Liver damage is possible if you abuse it or had liver problems to start with. The side effect prominently listed is "addictive".

I have been on Alprazolam for years and it is a struggle to convince doctors to continue prescribing it. If one has chronic anxiety and/or panic attacks, it would be of no concern if the drug is addictive or carries a dependency warning, trust me on that.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 01:19 PM

10. xanax should be banned!!!!

 

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 03:03 PM

11. I had a bad motorcyle wreck in 2008.

I had multiple fractures and a couple of surgeries too. They gave me percocet and vicodin. I really needed them. They did not make me feel weird at all. I still had some pain, but it was not as aggravating as it would have been without the meds. I took these pills for months, and only had a minor withdrawal when I quit. I would take that over a hangover any day of the week. The doc was a little worried that I was going through too many pills and warned me that they would 'ruin my life'. I asked him if he had ever been 'body-slammed to the pavement' while traveling at about 40mph, and proceeded to say that the only thing that would ruin my life in this regard was our country's insane drug laws. I really think that we have so many over doses because we over regulate access to these drugs. When people who want them get their hands on them, they take too many since it will be hard for them to obtain more. It's like a delicacy to some folks I guess. I live in South Florida and did check out going to one of those 'pain clinics'. When I found out that they would not take insurance and wanted $300 in cash up front I said no thanks. I can't see spending 300 bucks on and 8 dollar bottle of pills. I still have pain sometimes, but I don't need that bs. I'm glad my BP meds aren't on that list. I need those to counteract the whiskey that I drink (in moderation of course).

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 03:59 PM

12. Benzos can do a lot of good short-term.

Long-term, tolerance and interdose withdrawal can be horrific. Getting off them, for some, is worse than heroin withdrawal. I don't think doctors have any idea just how bad it can be, and need to put a lot more thought into seriously slow tapers.

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Response to polly7 (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 05:53 PM

16. I know a couple of people that had to withdraw from drugs on this list.

Their stories are horrific. Much longer than 30 days. Much tougher too.
Yes, it is true that many peope do quite well on them, but many people become addicted for life. And that addiction destroys their quality of life as much as booze or illegal drugs. More so, since some doctor prescribed them in the first place. Being stoned is from
a doc's prescription.

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 06:05 PM

17. You're so right.

A good friend of mine is struggling with Clonazepam withdrawal right now. Doctors threw it at her for years for anxiety and insomnia. She had no idea the C itself was magnifying her original anxiety and nearly driving her over the edge. Her latest pharma-pimp (sorry, but that's how I see this doctor specifically) cut her off cold-turkey. She didn't develop seizures, but has been struggling with really, really .... horrific mental and physical effects and has had to see a new doctor that has got her on a taper-program.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 05:01 PM

13. Prescription Pain Meds

I had surgery last year and was prescribed hydrocodone but was determined to not use it. My doctor (definitely not a drug-pushing doctor) told me that was foolish because pain control is very important in terms of healing, so I took it. If you're fighting pain from a serious injury or surgery, healing can be delayed. I took it for about three weeks and was able to stop it as easily as I started it. I know that is not the case for a lot of people.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 05:17 PM

15. Each and every one of them (except Seroquel) are controlled

substances with risks of dependence and abuse.

The lack of services available for people with substance abuse issues is one of the roots of this problem.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:08 PM

18. I think there are some blood pressure pills

and arthritis pills that would qualify as dangerous too.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:59 PM

19. Lunesta ads crack me up. A "sleep aid," that works by processes not fully understood, that may cause

Hallucinations, depression, homicidal or suicidal thoughts. Eating, driving or gambling while asleep. Breast enlargement in men. Painful menstrual periods. Hives. Vomiting. Heartburn. Confusion. Loss of coordination. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Oh, and dry mouth.

Jesus Christ.

So basically, if you're wound up, take this expensive prescription medication, and "tell your doctor" if you murder your family, wake up in Vegas with half your savings gone and chewed a Prime Rib in the pocket of your robe and then kill yourself.


And yes, gotta say a bit of pot or even a drink or three would seem a lot less risky. A SLEEP AID, they call it.

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #19)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 02:59 AM

22. Gave me the best nights sleep I have had in years.

I take them periodically when insomnia strikes and I can't wind down with meditation.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 01:07 AM

20. There has been an uptick in crime against the terminally ill, elderly

(and of course pharmacies) in my area, due to addicts seeking prescription benzies and painkillers. Serious crime such as home invasions and even murder. Addicts specifically target people who they believe (or know) to be taking these drugs for legitimate reasons.

I doubt it's happening in my area alone.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 02:43 AM

21. Say what you will

Ambien saved my life.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 03:17 AM

23. When I was younger and starting nursing (stone age)

there were more drugs commonly prescribed that were addictive or prone to abuse, eg
Quaaludes
Placidyl
Valium was widely prescribed
Black Beauties( I can't for the life of me remember the medical name for this one)
Miltown
There are many more but these are the ones I can pull out of my brain at 2am. Barbiturates were popular then and
were abused also.

There have always been problems with a subset of people who ended up addicted. I wonder what percentage
or people taking these drugs end up with a problem. I know several people who have had a heck
of a time after getting addicted to vicodin. If the percentage is low as opposed to those who are helped and
can take the drugs safely then the problem becomes one of screening and followup and not the drug itself IMO.
I am wary of these types of articles because when things get sensationalized, then there can be an overreaction and people in pain are way
undertreated in this country as it is. I hate to see that problem (and it is a big problem) get worse fpr those in need.

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Response to Mojorabbit (Reply #23)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 08:18 AM

25. I believe articles like this tell the truth.

You do make a good point,that people in pain, need help..I have arthritis pain, and take asprin and ibuprohen..You gotta function.

But the dangers of addiction must be presented. That is what I believe this article does. Knowing someone who was stoned for years
on this stuff, changes one's view. Also that person got into 4 auto accidents due to one of these meds. (fortunately, all were very minor)

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 02:22 PM

26. And amazingly none of those are made by Prescott Pharmaceuticals.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 02:33 PM

27. I've enjoyed the ones listed - except for Seroquel

 

i hate that our country is still so morally hung up over drug use. i used to dabble in some recreational drug use - and my conclusion was that all the drugs on this list are addictive and should not be used on a regular basis.

however this leaves marijuana - which clearly should be legal and is non-addictive. if i had a choice between marijuana and any drug on this list - i'd choose the marijuana - and i think many others would too. just one reason it should be legalized.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 11:45 PM

28. I found this website for people addicted to Benzodiazepines..Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium

http://www.benzobuddies.org/

IT is benzobuddies..
Info about these prescription drugs, and success stories on how to get off of them
The information looks quite legit, and stories look honest.
Might help someone.

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