Sunday, May 13, 2012

Zonked Out In The US of A

From the Ramparts

"Perhaps the most concerning finding in the CDC report is that people who take antidepressants are taking them long term. About 60% of people had taken the medications for two years or longer, and 14% had taken antidepressants for more than a decade. On its face, that sounds scary, but since depression can be a chronic disorder, and since research shows that maintenance on antidepressants cuts the risk of relapse in half, long-term use can be appropriate. However, as with the vast majority of medications, there is not much research on long-term effects of the drugs and, clearly, such study is needed here." What Does a 400% Increase in Antidepressant Use Really Mean? Maia Szalavitz

I often wonder why with the United States rapidly morphing into a blatantly fascist banana republic, more people aren't alarmed, up in arms or active in some kind of resistance movement? Why are most people in the US in a daze? If mainstream media "news" consumption is down shouldn't that mean more people are engaged in critical thinking or analysis on their own given they are not ingesting and internalizing the blatant propaganda and mind numbing lies the corporate media puts out on behalf of the ruling elites? If that seems like a plausible question, then why are most people in this country still walking around like zombies and automatons? I suspect the answer lies not so much in media consumption as causative as that is, but in the mass addiction and doping of Americans with prescription and illicit drugs.
Prescription abuse in the US has sky rocketed in recent years. For all intents and purposes the US is a nation of pill poppers and drug addicts. Not only are we self medicating and anesthetizing ourselves with drugs, this rampant drug abuse is leading to premature death. "In 2007, approximately 27,000 unintentional drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, one death every 19 minutes. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. The increase in unintentional drug overdose death rates in recent years (Figure 1) has been driven by increased use of a class of prescription drugs called opioid analgesics (1). Since 2003, more overdose deaths have involved opioid analgesics than heroin and cocaine combined (Figure 2) (1). In addition, for every unintentional overdose death related to an opioid analgesic, nine persons are admitted for substance abuse treatment (2), 35 visit emergency departments (3), 161 report drug abuse or dependence, and 461 report nonmedical uses of opioid analgesics (4). Implementing strategies that target those persons at greatest risk will require strong coordination and collaboration at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels, as well as engagement of parents, youth influencers, health-care professionals, and policy-makers." CDC Grand Rounds: Prescription Drug Overdoses — a U.S. Epidemic Please visit the Website to view the charts and figures that buttress these facts.
I believe this is why people are so acquiescent to the moral, social and economic collapse of AmeriKKKa. The pandemic abuse of prescription as well as illicit drugs in this country is having a debilitating impact on our psyches. Drug abuse undermines the quality of our lives and our physical health. Of course Big Pharma is not going to tell us this and the US Food and Drug Administration is merely an appendage and rubber stamp for the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. More and more studies are revealing that prescription drug addiction is rampant and dangerous. "A number of prescription medicines have mental side effects, such as mood changes, confusion and even hallucinations. A common example is oxycodone, a medication prescribed for moderate to severe pain relief. Some patients who take the drug report mood changes and hallucinations, along with withdrawal symptoms when they stop the medication [source: National Library of Medicine]. Patients also report a side effect with oxycodone that is common with many narcotics: addiction. It is becoming more common for people to misuse prescription drugs, becoming addicted to painkillers, sedatives or stimulants. People believe that because the drugs are prescribed by doctors, it is OK to continue using them, even though they are not being used as intended [source: NIDA].The drugs pramipexole and mefloquine have been known to cause visual or auditory hallucinations. Pramipexole is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and mefloquine is a malaria treatment. According to Tamas Bartfai and Graham V. Lees, authors of Drug Discovery: From Bedside to Wall Street, users of pramipexole reported frightening hallucinations. Doctors affirm, however, that these side effects are less severe than the symptoms of Parkinson's itself. Mefloquine was once regularly used by the U.S. Army to treat and prevent malaria. Patients who took the drug reported hallucinations and violent psychotic behaviors [source: CBS News]. Drugs such as these should be taken under strict medical supervision." Can prescription drugs cause psychological side effects?
"While almost every kind of prescription drug can be abused there are some kinds that are abused more than others. These types of drugs are opioids (painkillers), stimulants, and central nervous system (CSN) depressants (antidepressants). Opioids are basically pain relievers and are also called narcotic analgesics. They are taken for the reduction of pain and are not to be taken for an extended period of time. They are a type of prescription drug that can be taken by injection and orally. There are many types of opioids, but the ones that are most commonly abused for people that suffer from prescription drug addiction are Vicodin, OxyContin, and Demoral. CSN depressants are basically antidepressants are prescribed to people that have anxiety, have trouble sleeping, have panic attacks, or are depressed. These types of drugs give a person a relaxed and calming effect and the most common types of CSN depressants are Valium, Xanax, and Nembutal.Stimulants are prescribed to help people who have problems such as depression, asthma, and especially ADHD and ADD. People that take stimulants feel more alert and their attention span is enhanced and these types of increased feelings can become addictive. Stimulants are also taken for weight loss. The most common stimulants that are abused are Ritalin, Straterra, and Adderrall." While almost every kind of prescription drug can be abused there are some kinds that are abused more than others. These types of drugs are opioids (painkillers), stimulants, and central nervous system (CSN) depressants (antidepressants)."
Are you taking any of the drugs mentioned in the above quotes? Do you feel you cannot make it through the day without taking one or more pills? Then perhaps you are an addict. Please consider seeking help and make the decision to do what you can to transcend your addiction. Even if you are not addicted to your prescription drugs, you may be severely at risk for psychological side effects.
What about so called street drugs? Well most of us know that the illicit drugs can lead to addiction and or overdose. "Street drugs are substances people take to give themselves a pleasurable experience, or to help them feel better if they are having a bad time, or simply because their friends are using them. They include heroin, cocaine, cannabis, alcohol and some prescribed medicines. All street drugs have effects on mental health: that is why people use them. They are all likely to affect the way you see things, your mood and your behavior. Unfortunately, while they may give a short-lived burst of pleasure, or an exciting experience, many of them have longer-lasting harmful effects and, for some people, they may cause long-term mental health problems."
The above Website lists several "street drugs", many of which we don't think of as addiction causing; like caffeine nicotine and Benzodiazepines. Do you smoke and drink coffee daily? Have you tried to quit and had difficulty doing so? Then you are addicted. Experts tell us all drugs impact us on a psychological as well as a physiological level. The effects impact our hormonal levels and our emotions. The ruling elites know this. This is why they push drugs the way they do. This is why they spend so much money promoting all types of drug use. This is why doctors are so willing to write prescriptions as the drop of a hat. It's not just about making money for the pharmaceutical companies and doctors, that's just one element and incentive. The psychopaths who want to rule us and subvert the natural order plan to keep us dumbed down, poisoned and doped up so we can not think or act beyond our addiction our debt peonage and serfdom. Don't play into their plans for us. We can thwart their nefarious agenda by getting and remaining sober, sane and healthy.

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