The facts are scary! We all know the harm that prescription drugs can have, but when I read the report from the American Association of Poison Control I was shocked. “Drug overdose death rates in the US have more than tripled since 1990.” As of May 2012 statistics show that the leading cause of death of females living in the U.S. between the ages of 25-34 is traffic accidents. A close second is poisoning and if you are a female between the ages of 35-44, poisonings are the leading cause of death-the #1 cause! Men, statistics show that the leading cause of death in a U.S. male between the ages of 35-44 juggles between #1 and #2 top cause of death mentioned above. Men accounted for 71% of total deaths between the ages 35-44 caused by accidental prescription drug poisoning.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. How can we prevent us or our family members from being a statistic of Pharmaceutical addiction or worse, death? We have already addressed who is at risk now let’s move on to why.
-Why do we have pain? Pain is our bodies way of telling us that something is wrong and when you do a certain activity it makes it worse. This is an indication of major or minor injury.
-Where do we go to seek treatment? If I am hurting I want to get out of pain fast- I get that. But let’s face it, if you get hurt such as an auto accident not resulting in stitches or broken bones and go to your medical doctor the way they best know how to treat the pain is through prescription drugs. While there are times that do call for careful monitoring of these prescribed drugs many can be treated through non addictive alternatives with no side effects.
-What types of medicine do we choose to take? Just because the doctor gave you a prescription for the medicine doesn’t mean that you need it. Request something else that you can take that is less or non addictive. Ask that you receive a smaller quantity with 0 refills. Talk to your pharmacist about other medicines you are already taking to avoid drug interaction.
-When are you in pain and when are you need to take pain medication above and beyond the normal Ibuprofen? When is it time to try another approach?
-How can you feel better without using prescription drugs? In our office we want to get you out of pain quickly without the long lasting side effects. First ICE, ICE, ICE any new injury or after surgery. It is honestly the best form of pain management. Ten minutes ON, 30 minutes OFF. Second correct the problem through chiropractic treatments to any painful joint wither it’s a knee, neck or any other joint. Joints are built for the purpose of moving freely. Chiropractic allows the joint to move properly.
In our office we want to get you out of pain quickly and then correct the problem, to prevent future problems. I feel very passionate helping people live their life “pain free” or for some people it is more realistic to say less, more “manageable pain”. I believe that through non addictive treatments with an ounce of prevention you and your family can stay clear of becoming a tragic statistic
American Association of Poison Control; http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com
About the author:
Dr. Brian Broskoskie is a chiropractor at Results Chiropractic Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He is a graduate of Sherman College. Follow him on Twitter and be sure to LIKE his Facebook Fan page for daily health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, chiropractic tips and much much more!