The federal government is putting a lot of pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to control pain pill distribution. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is reacting to the soaring number of deaths from pain pill misuse. Approximately seven million people in the United States abuse prescription pain pills for recreational or other non-medical reasons. And, deaths from pain pill abuse have quadrupled.
This isn’t the first time the feds have gone after pain pills. In 2011, in South Florida, DEA crackdowns on local clinics led to a regional shortage that affected not only addicts and dealers, but also people taking pain drugs legally and under the care of doctors.
DEA officials searched six Walgreen’s and one distribution center in South Florida. Whether or not these types of raids will lead to new shortages is yet to be seen.
What is certain is that if you should ever need prescription pain medication for a legitimate medical reason, there may come a time when it is difficult to get.
Let’s take a look at how you can prepare…
Legitimate Concerns about Pain-Killing Pills
Yes, prescription pain pills are more likely to be abused than any other type of prescription drug. Pain pill abuse is the fastest rising kind of drug abuse in our nation. In the four years between 2004 and 2008, emergency room visits due to pain pill misuse more than doubled.
The abuse rate is high in every demographic… men, women, old, young. Because of the growing problem, drug enforcement officials are taking notice.
What that means is that even if you have a legitimate need for prescription pain medication, you can get in big trouble if you attempt to stock up against shortages. Any suspicious activity – and government officials define what is suspicious – no matter how good your intentions are, could land you in legal hot water.
That means that if you rely on prescription pain treatments to aid your recovery or to help you cope with a disease, you need to know your risks and your alternatives. If you’re ever faced with a shortage, you have options to fall back on.
Yes, There Are Safe, Effective Painkillers
That Aren’t Regulated by Big Brother!
When it comes to painkillers, in the event of a shortage, your best bet will be natural supplements that provide pain relief. The effects of natural supplements on your pain aren’t as immediate for most people as prescription drugs are, but they can be just as powerful.
The natural supplements we’re going to recommend are safe and they will help to control your pain… especially if you give them the chance to work. Plus, you get the added benefit of not having the DEA investigate you for drug crimes!
The first natural painkiller that we recommend you look into works well for almost any kind of pain. The second can be ingested or used as a topical cream and works particularly well for chronic joint pain.
Turmeric Spice Is a Gift from Nature
Most commonly known for the role it plays in Indian cuisine, turmeric is a powerhouse spice with a number of health benefits. It’s recently been pushed into the spotlight for its potential to provide a long-term solution to chronic pain.
Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory effect in the body that can help reduce or even eliminate pain. In some people, the stuff works miracles.
For example, in one gentleman whose story was featured in TIME magazine, turmeric provided the only relief from hip pain that worked. Where prescription drugs failed, turmeric shined. Not only did it relieve the hip pain, it also eliminated low-back pain he’d lived with for years. When, despite being pain free, the man decided to pursue hip replacement surgery because of stiffness, his recovery from the surgery bordered on the miraculous.
His recovery so impressed his doctor that the doctor began researching the effects of turmeric on inflammation. He found that preliminary research shows that turmeric interrupts the process that causes swelling and pain.
Turmeric doesn’t have such amazing results for every person who uses it, but a good number of people who take turmeric find that it does help with their pain. It’s safe, effective, and worth a try.
Pain Relief from a Sulfur Compound?
Yes, It Is for Real
Another good natural substance that can promote pain relief is MSM. MSM is short for Methylsulfonyl-methane. This sulfur compound can help relieve pain and improve joint function in people who have osteoarthritis. Researchers at the University of California in San Diego did a three-month trial in which patients took MSM supplements. After three months, the average patient enjoyed a 25-percent reduction in pain and a 30-percent improvement in function.
Be sure to check with your doctor before using MSM, especially if you’re allergic to sulfa drugs.
Cayenne pepper is a third option for natural pain relief. Cayenne contains capsaicin, a compound that can desensitize nerves to pain when used topically. If you suffer from arthritis or nerve damage that causes chronic pain, try rubbing some capsaicin cream on the affected area. Many patients report capsaicin creams cut pain levels in half when used daily.
Start Finding What Works for You Now
We suggest that if you rely on prescription painkillers, you start doing some personal research on which natural painkillers work best for you.
Do this for two reasons:
The supply chain of prescription pain meds could be interrupted at any time, leaving you suffering until things return to normal. That’s not the time you want to experiment to see what natural remedies work best in place of your prescriptions.
It’s possible you’ll find an alternative that works well enough to completely replace your prescription. With fewer side effects and risks, if you can go off your pain meds sooner rather than later, that’s a good thing for your body and makes you more self-sufficient.
The prescription supply chains in this country are fragile. And you simply cannot stock up on pain medications without taking serious legal risks. Learning more about natural pain relief is a better, safer option.