Much concern has been voiced of late over the everlasting battle of prescription drug abuse.  Not only that but the prescription drug abuse issue in the United States has also in its own way brought heroin addiction and abuse statistics up and soaring at a very mad rate.  Certainly, there is a very, very grim connection between these two worsening addictions all across every state of the United States.

This issue can in some ways of course easily be partially traced to worthwhile public-health initiatives that do deserve to be protected, but much must be done that hasn’t been done yet to stop the rising tide of addiction.

Preventing painkiller abuse will require cracking down on doctors who may be unscrupulous, or merely careless, as well as cracking down on patients too.  The problem in a lot of ways stems not from drug cartels or drug traffickers, but from American doctors themselves looking to make a quick buck and from American middle class citizens looking to get high to forget about their middle class problems.

Enforcing the law is no less important than alleviating pain or reducing addiction.  With enforcing the law on one hand figured out, the next issue to address is how to actually reduce and resolve pain amongst Americans without having to resort to taking addictive, deadly, dangerous, and powerful pain reliever medications.  Perhaps the best way to address pain in today’s day and age is through physical therapy.  Physical therapy can actually address the problems in the body that are causing the pain, whereas opiate pain drugs only cover up the effects that those problems are creating without actually getting to the bottom of the physical problems in the first place.

Prescription Opiate Pain Reliever Medications: A Risky and Potentially Dangerous Drug at Best

A great many Americans are addicted, and lately some of them have turned to heroin as a cheap, accessible, and illegal alternative.  This is an even worse solution than taking pain drugs, as heroin can get one in a lot of different kinds of trouble that have nothing to do with addiction.  Again, physical therapy would be a much better alternative.

Both substances are increasingly abused in the United States too as each year goes by: painkillers by nearly 4 million Americans and heroin by more than half a million.  The death toll is catastrophic too.  No one dies from physical therapy, but last year alone almost 19,000 people died from taking too many painkillers, 16 percent more than the year before and more than 10,500 succumbed to heroin overdoses, a 28-percent rise overall.

Given the stubborn quality of addictions, it will take persistence to bring this problem under control, but alternatives do exist and they are easily and readily available for those who would actually go the extra mile to seek them out.

There exist multiple ways to address pain:

• vitamins
• physical therapy
• holistic medicine
• natural supplements
• massage therapy
• whirlpool therapy
• sauna therapy
• acupuncture
• exercise therapy
• stretching and limberment therapy
• hot and cold treatment therapy
• chiropractor treatments
• muscle testing treatments
• diet and nutrition changes

All in all, no one should have to turn to taking prescription debugs to address pain.  That is the easy way out and the risk is far more troubling that the potential but not even guaranteed gain.  When confronted weigh pain for whatever reason, one should always attempt all alternatives to pain medication first and foremost without a doubt.  Even if one has to go to an inpatient rehab center for extensive inpatient treatment of one’s physical pain issue, that would still be a better, safer, and more permanent and long-lasting solution than taking pain drugs.