By Jahan Marcu PhD., Waking Times
It’s been used traditionally as both a medicine and a textile. It’s reportedly helpful for treating drug addiction, and its consumption has never resulted in a documented death from toxic overdose. But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers it a dangerous drug with no medical value.
No, this isn’t about Cannabis. This is about the leaves of a native Southeast Asian tree commonly known as “Kratom.” Its official botanical name is Mitragyna speciosa, and it’s the only natural source of opioid alkaloids other than the poppy plant. Continue reading Is Kratom the CBD of Opioids?
By Robert Parmer, Conscious Life News
The world is in the middle of a huge crisis. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, addiction is a massive issue. In particular, the US has a experienced a gigantic wave of drug abuse, overprescription, and questionable recovery methods.
The numbers truly speak volumes about this issue. According to the Center of Disease Control: Continue reading A Problem We Can’t Ignore: The Opiate Addiction Epidemic
By Martha Rosenberg, Alternet, Waking Times
It is no secret that opioids are addictive even when used as prescribed. That is why they were highly restricted until fairly recently. It is also no secret that there is no evidence of the long-term usefulness of opioids in chronic pain despite unethical Pharma marketing.
Now Pfizer, the second biggest drug company in the world, has agreed to add warnings to the dangerous drugs that cause as many as 60 deaths a day in the U.S. Pfizer will disclose that opioids “carry serious risk of addiction—even when used properly,” says the Washington Post, and promises “not to promote opioids for unapproved, ‘off-label’ uses such as long-term back pain. The company also will acknowledge there is no good research on opioids’ effectiveness beyond 12 weeks.” Continue reading After 20 Years and Many Billions, Pfizer Finally Admits Opioids are Addictive
By Julie Fidler, Natural Society
Earlier this year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) responded to the growing opioid addiction epidemic in the U.S. by issuing new recommendations for health care providers who prescribe the painkillers for chronic pain.
The guidelines were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The advice is intended for primary care doctors, who prescribe nearly half of all opioid painkillers prescribed in the U.S. The guidelines are not intended for physicians treating cancer patients or for end-of-life care.
Continue reading Not Everyone is Happy With the CDC’s Recently Updated Opioid Guidelines