Remember the Sci-Fi Channel’s made for TV movie and the TV show “PainKiller Jane“? I thought it was a pretty cool concept to have this invincibility to injury and death, though Jane Vasco, the heroine in the show, did feel physical pain during the healing process. The pain was temporary once the serious injuries (e.g., axe buried in her spine) were healed. Sorry for being a bit graphic here, but I’m sure everybody would love to have such powers.
Unfortunately, in the real world, I think 99.9% of the people on this earth probably do not have such powers. Okay, call me weird, by I will reserve the 0.1% as the “X” factor. As the popular saying goes, “You never know …”. But all kidding aside, it appears the U.S. is smack-dab in the middle of a serious national problem due to the way the medical profession is treating individuals with physical pain. Several weeks ago I read an article in the local newspaper titled “Age, addiction spur spiraling painkiller use”. It was an Associated Press (AP) article written by Chris Hawley. It stated how the U.S. experienced an explosive amount of sales of the two top prescription painkillers in the last decade (i.e., 2000-2010). It suspected that the explosive increase in sales of oxycodone and hydrocodone (i.e., the two most popular prescription painkiller medications) in the U.S. was due to factors such as the aging population suffering from pain, addiction and the current practice of dispensing such drugs.
You can read the details of the article over here at USA Today. You can also check out the graphic depicting U.S. sales of oxycodone and hydrocodone for the 2000-2010 period over here at Painkiller Drugs Sales.
What is oxycodone and hydrocodone?
They are doctor prescribed medications for pain relief. And according to Drugs.com, both oxycodone and hydrocodone are considered an opioid, and thus, it is a narcotic-based medication for pain relief. The AP article mentioned that such drugs are known to produce “intense feelings of well-being”, and opioid-based pain relief medications have been responsible for “14,800 overdose deaths in 2008 … and the death toll is rising …”.
Is there an alternative to prescribed pain relief medication?
I believe there is, and it’s not your run-of-the-mill OTC drugs found in your local drug store. There are companies that offer education, products and a system that will help provide pain relief. And moreover, their products and techniques are natural, safe and does not involve opioid narcotic pain relief medications. I am honored to list these companies and their products on this website, and if you want an alternative to those prescription painkiller medications, then you may have come to the right place. Even though the U.S. might be negatively labeled as the “PainKiller Nation”, you have an option to to change that distinction.