Women: RX Painkillers More Lethal than Street Drugs

Holy Hormones Journal: I feel like a broken record on my own blog! I just posted another article similar to this the beginning of September that cites the increase in RX drug fatalities amongst women.  18 women OD daily. How and why is this acceptable? We should be looking at hormone imbalance and nutrient depletion first. My humble guess is that women are ODing during the paramenstrum.  Right before we get our periods, our hormone levels drop, the immune system become more compromised – and our pain and depression increases.

Online-Alternative-of-Buying-DrugsBut women and RX drugs overdose is at epidemic levels.  Women are being prescribed Xanax and Prozac right after childbirth to help them become better Mommies. What it is actually doing is creating more addicts.  We have to get away from the one pill for every ill mentality.  We have to look at nutrition first – before we start medicating. Especially new mothers who have just given every vitamin, mineral, amino acid, enzyme throughout their pregnancy.

Menstruation has been medicalized. Postpartum depression and menopause has been medicalized. According to Holly Grigg-Spall in her book, ‘Sweetening the Pill – How We got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control”  ‘femaleness has HIS-torically been considered a mental illness that needs to be managed.”

What is the one thing that has changed over the last decade?  The lack of VITAL nutrients in our foods. Our twenty-something kids are a mess.  They  are addicted to opiates, alcohol, pot, meth.. they are eating processed and junk foods.  Is this rocket science? No.  Every mass killing in this country has been linked to RX drug use. We are a mess.  Our husbands have Irritable Male Syndrome – how can one have a healthy functioning family when everyone in it is suffering from a lack of nutrition and/or hormone imbalance?
If this issue is of concern to you, please listen to my radio show on September 26 on VoiceAmerica with Dr. Hyla Cass. We will be discussing her latest book entilted: ‘The Addictive Brain and How to Break Free”.

CDC: Prescription Painkillers More Lethal Than Cocaine and Heroin

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing a 415 percent rise in the rate of fatal painkiller overdoses in women from 1999 to 2010.

“Women are more likely to be prescribed prescription opioids, to use the drugs chronically, and to receive higher doses, the CDC study says. This is in part because the most common types of chronic pain affect women more often and with greater intensity, but women are also more likely go “doctor shopping,” meaning that they see several different doctors to receive multiple prescriptions.”

by Brian Krans | Published on July 2, 2013

To find some of the most potent and potentially lethal drugs in the country, many people need look no further than their own medicine cabinets.taking medicine

The number of prescription pain reliever-related deaths over 10 years is four times higher than the rate of deaths from cocaine and heroin—combined. In 2010, 60 percent of the 38,329 deaths from a drug overdose in the U.S. were attributed to prescription drugs.

These and other startling figures come from a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlighting a growing epidemic of prescription drug misuse.

The death rate from prescription painkiller overdose—specifically opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone—rose 415 percent among women and 265 percent among men from 1999 to 2010, according to a CDC study released Tuesday.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.