Whitney Houston Another Victim Of Big Pharma
According to Radar Online
, Whitney Houston had "a plethora of sedatives including Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax, and a sleeping medication that was found in her hotel room". How tragic such a young talented life was halted and cut short by a cocktail of prescription drugs. How very sad this is for her 18 year old daughter to have to go through her adulthood without being able to call her mother for advice or even get together to have lunch.
We're constantly told that illegal drugs are killing so many people in the U.S., but how many legal drugs are killing people in the U.S.?
According to the World News Report
: "Prescription medication abuse, or "pharmaceutical" abuse is pervasive. It affects everyone from retired executives who have had knee replacement surgery to stay-at-home moms given medication to help them sleep. In the past ten years, millions of Americans have sought treatment for pharmaceutical addiction in treatment centers across the country. Medications most often abused include: Xanax
, Klonopin, Ativan/Lorazepam
, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Ambien, Adderall, and Lunesta."
How come there is not much emphasis put on the fact that legal drugs deaths are on the rise? Is this due to sheer irresponsibility of the victim or on doctors or both? Are Doctors and Pharmacists becoming the new drug dealers?
We are inundated daily with drug advertising-- You look at a magazine, any magazine, and 90% of the advertisements are Big Pharma. Bill boards all over the country have Pharmaceutical advertisement. Turn on the television or listen to the radio and there are constant reminders that there is a drug to treat-- asthma, arthritis, COPD, acid reflux, depression, restless leg syndrome, erectile dysfunction, and the list goes on...
High profile people such as Rush Limbaugh were caught 'doctor shopping' in order to get his supply of Oxycontin (an opioid used for pain). Rush served no jail time, yet if someone had an ounce of marijuana on them, and a policemen fines it, they are arrested, tried, and jailed.
Celebrities such as Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen, Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher, Eminem, Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Patrick Kennedy, Ray Charles, Robert Downey Jr., and just recently, Demi Moore, have been addicted to prescription drugs and were fortunate to have their lives spared.
Others not so fortunate...Elvis Presley (Dead), Amy Winehouse (Dead), Anna Nicole Smith (Dead), Michael Jackson (DEAD), Jeff Conaway (Dead), and now Whitney Houston (Dead).
What about the average person who doesn't have the luxury to admit themselves or their family members into The Betty Ford Center, to help them get off their addiction to prescriptions drugs? How many innocent young lives have come to a screeching halt due to prescribed drugs? According to the L.A. Times report
(November 17, 2011); "[Prescription] Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They go on to say, "The death toll has doubled in the last decade, now claiming a life every 14 minutes."According to a Fox News report
(November 2011), "More people die in America every year from prescription drug abuse than die from heroin and cocaine combined. That stunning finding comes in a new report Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." Wait! They said prescriptions drugs abuse is worse than heroin and cocaine combined and more deaths come from prescription drug abuse!
Where is the outrage? Where is the penalties and consequences for those drug dealers? Where is the FDA doing investigations into the Pharmaceutical Industry?
Now the last thing we need to have is more rules and regulations and more policing by government. It would be nice if people were allowed to make their own informed independent choices, but since the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration (1930's), people have had to rely on the FDA to make the decisions about pharmaceutical drugs. They give their seal of approval and the drug is introduced to the people, and people blindly trust that this drug is good for them because the FDA assured them. This is the same agency that gave their seal of approval to Vioxx
, and Fen-Phen
. Merck was expose in holding back information in the Vioxx incidents and they basically got a slap on the wrist and fined. They were back to business the next morning.
Getting back to Whitney Houston, it was said she suffered from anxiety and insomnia. Wouldn't it be nice if she was afforded an alternative to Big Pharma drugs? Well there is Valerian Root
to help insomnia, Kava-Kava
for anxiety, and L-Theinine
also another alternative to help ease stress and anxiety. The problem is, the FDA will not give their seal of approval to these herbal alternatives. Yet no one has died from these herbs, they have been used for centuries and there have been many independent studies to prove they do work. So do you think the FDA is still looking out for your best interest? Whitney might still be with us today, had she had the knowledge that there are alternatives to drugs and instead of relying on Big Pharma to get her through another day.