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The Holistic Sanctuary Responds to the FDA’s Recommendation for Tighter Controls on Painkillers
Date:10/25/2013

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2013

The Holistic Sanctuary announces its response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) just-released report about the need for tighter controls on how doctors prescribe the most commonly used narcotic painkillers.(1) The recommendation, as covered by the New York Times, follows a decade-long debate over whether the widely abused drugs, which contain the narcotic hydrocodone, should be controlled as strongly as painkillers like oxycontin.(2)

At the same time, The Holistic Sanctuary emphasizes its sustained campaign to permanently end addiction to opiates in general, as well as other illicit substances, alcohol and prescription medications.

The FDA’s statement comes in the midst of a national epidemic involving addiction, in which prescription drugs account for approximately three-quarters of all drug overdose deaths in the United States, quadrupling since 1999, according to the National Survey on Drug Use & Health.(3) In fact, Americans consume 80% of opiate painkillers produced in the world, based on findings compiled by the American Society of International Pain Physicians.(4) Even worse, every hour, a baby is born in the United States with symptoms of opiate withdrawal, as revealed by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).(5)

More specifically, antidepressants such as zoloft and celexa are – according to the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience – the most prescribed class of drugs, with 264 million prescriptions filled, with another 131 million prescriptions written for the generic version of vicodin.(6) Overall, a record 4.02 billion drug prescriptions were written in the U.S. in 2011 (the most recent year for these statistics), up from 3.99 billion the year before.(7)

In addition, 31.9 million prescriptions were written for generic p
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