Pain killers can be Deadly…
Use of pain killers may be a bigger problem than MisUse…
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Prescription pain killers cause nearly 30,000 overdose deaths a year. Did you know that Prince was one recent victim? It turns out that overdoses are not the biggest danger of opioids. A major new study finds these drugs can kill people in their sleep. How? By causing heart problems.
The study suggests even more people die from other reasons related to the drugs than by overdoses. The scientists found that much of the death risk came during sleep. The drugs can slow your breathing. This causes heart rhythm problems, heart attacks, or sudden death.
The study also shows that these drugs were intended for short term use. Unfortunately, most people take them for long term pain management. Other research shows the drugs don’t even work for the very conditions for which they are most often prescribed. This includes chronic back and arthritis pain. If you have a car accident or some other major trauma, perhaps opioid painkillers are appropriate. But doctors prescribe these drugs for long-term pain 90 % of the time. There is no evidence they are effective when taken for months or years.
The Real Problem
Taking pain medication essentially covers up the symptom of an underlying problem. There may be a time and place for that. Let’s say you’re driving in your car. The check engine light comes on. Taking pain killers is like disabling the light. If this happened in your car you’d fix the car. Yet in health many people choose to disconnect the check engine light.
If you suffer from chronic pain and nothing has helped, give us a call and set up a consultation. We will take the time to sit down and talk with you about your suffering. We will even do some preliminary testing to determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we will make every effort to find an appropriate referral.
After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer. His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner. If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.