There’s a Pill for That

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Today’s society seems to rely on a pill or medication for everything, with many doctors quick to write a prescription to get their patients out the door.  Everything from acne, anxiety, mood swings, constipation, mental decline, and insomnia to Attention Deficit (ADD), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, asthma, and more are treated with medication instead of researching why the problem exists in the first place.

Fixing the symptoms instead of fixing the underlying issue is what I call a “band-aid fix.”

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Why Pop a Pill?

Reasons like an unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet, lack of exercise, increased sugar and GMO consumption, reliance on man-made drugs, as well as sensitivities to foods and environmental toxins are often overlooked because they take too much time to pinpoint and change.  It is faster and more convenient to pop another pill.

Today we are finding out just how dangerous these prescription drugs can be.   Throughout the years it has been common for high school and college/university students to experiment with alcohol and drugs.  The relaxed to euphoric feelings and reduction of negative emotions associated with their use are enticing.  

Dangerous Side Effects of Pills

What the users often do not realize is that both alcohol and drugs depress the nervous and respiratory systems so too much of either can diminish that euphoric feeling or buzz pretty quickly.

The problem today lies within the type of drugs being used as well as the combination of drugs and alcohol.  Painkillers such as Fentanyl and Percocet are a prevalent choice because they are readily prescribed, easy to get (often from household medicine cabinets), and result in a quick buzz.

Fentanyl, Percocet and Xanax

  • Fentanyl is an opiate, prescribed for moderate to severe pain (often for cancer patients) but is fifty to one hundred times more powerful than morphine, and up to forty times more powerful than heroin.
  • Percocet is prescribed for mild to moderate pain, but in addition to the opiate oxycodone, Percocet contains acetaminophen (aka tylenol) which is toxic to the liver.  Alcohol use alone causes liver stress and damage; adding Percocet to the mix can cause complete liver failure, coma, and death.

If the availability of stronger drugs isn’t enough of a problem, counterfeit drugs such as fentanyl-laced Xanax are popping up in communities everywhere adding unknown lethal chemical compounds in unknown doses to the mixture.  These synthetic versions, often produced in China, shipped to Mexico then smuggled into the USA and Canada, are readily available in large amounts on our streets. They are causing a rampant amount of overdoses causing liver and respiratory failure and often leading to death.

Speaking Out, Locally

Here in Kanata, (a suburb of Ottawa) a local dad is bravely speaking out about his own struggles with his daughter’s addiction.  Going a step further, he is organizing meetings for parents to talk about and find ways to deal with this growing nightmare.

A local teen is speaking up too on the attraction and dangers of counterfeit drugs.

Bell Let’s Talk About Mental Health

On a national level,  perhaps some of the money raised recently (annually) through the Bell Let’s Talk could be set aside to remove the band-aid and get to the root of this problem with our youth.

What’s with this Headache?

I went to bed with a headache two nights ago and haven’t been able to get rid of it since.  Yesterday I woke up with it and it lasted all day, so last night I went to bed with the same headache and again woke up with it this morning.  Yesterday I broke down and took 2 advil (ibuprofen) and 1 tylenol extra strength (acetaminophen).  Not all at the same time, but over the span of the day, with no relief.  I am not usually a fan of medications, any kind of medication upsets my stomach and makes me jittery, but sometimes I am desperate. This morning I took yet another advil as soon as I got up so another day would not be wasted.

I’m not sure when a headache becomes a migraineor if a headache can become a migraine, or whether migraines are separate things from headaches. I am not experiencing an “aura” as described in the migraine definition, but have been extra sensitive to loud noise and light.

After reading this article about the five types of headaches, I believe I have a tension headache.  My headache is not throbbing, just the back of my head hurts close to the top of my neck.  Apparently the best treatment is ibuprofen or acetaminophen, so I should feel better soon.  I have been out using my new garden toy for the past two days, enjoying this awesome weather we have been experiencing; sure hope the leaf blower/mulcher is not the culprit!

Upon finishing this article and a cup of coffee, the headache has subsided enough for me to think about getting out to another garden…