A Brief History on Painkillers and How They Led to the Opioid Epidemic

There’s heaviness in the air as the country sits ravished by addiction. Addiction, a disease that has had many misconceptions about it’s studied history, is now something that has become a household term. It stops for no man, woman, or child as it latches onto any healthy able mind/body that it can find. The world should consider itself lucky that it isn’t airborne.

Alcohol does its thing, crack racks up its own numbers, but painkillers open up a whole new rabbit hole to hell for the addicts of America. The United States has gotten a point where the word “opioid” is now synonymous with genocide. Pillheads, junkies, innocent addicts- however you view them, are falling by the wayside from the onslaught of painkillers flowing from the pharmaceutical companies on a day to day basis.  

For too many years now, opioids of all forms have been the primary catalyst for the rise in addiction numbers. Innocent people are dying prematurely every day while the greedy drug lobbyists and CEOs of Big Pharma continue to profit off of human life. Addiction makes all this possible.

The Poppy Crew    

Opiates, opioids, or painkillers (broken down into your bloodstream it’s all the same garbage), are derived from the poppy seed. This is a devilish herb that’s used can be traced back to thousands of years ago. It’s been known to have produced some strong narcotics like heroin and opium, even being used for medicinal purposes, but it was the painkiller industry that harnessed the destructive power of the tabooed plant in the forms we witness today.  

The last couple hundred years brought us a new chemical force that created convenience and obsession as it pushed the old school products to the side. Painkillers arrived with the pure intent of relieving pain but quickly shifted to the pharmaceutical cash cow that we see before us. Some of these synthesized opioids included:  

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Methadone
  • Dilaudid
  • Percocet, Percodan, or Oxycodone
  • Demerol
  • Vicodin/Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl

The listed painkillers above are the reasons for the overdoses we see in our neighborhoods and the reasons so many are burying their loved ones prematurely. The legalities surrounded are very questionable of course, but it doesn’t seem that this chemical entourage is going anywhere anytime soon.

Painkillers, Pain Creators

Painkillers are narcotics meant to ease physical pain but end up being used to quiet the emotional pain that most are burdened with. They are inherently abused and used incorrectly by most. Opioids in pill form like this are deeply embedded in slander and propaganda. Something that is supposed to lower pain should not be creating more. Painkillers are massively distributed across the country in quantities that greatly outnumber the numbers of citizens that actually need them. At the same time, they are prescribed with an understanding that they will help more than they will hurt. Naturally, that’s what the people selling them want you to think. Pharmaceutical company or heroin dealer, neither are going to forebode that their product will “kill you”.

Unfortunately, these pharmaceutical methods have awakened a sleeping giant in America that supersedes such problems sticking strictly to a painkiller crisis. The painkillers have manifested a full-blown opioid epidemic. Tons of people have turned to heroin in recent years due to the crackdown on painkillers while the supply/demand continues to remain ridiculously heavy. Hell, in a lot of situations you get both forms of opiate without even trying.

Much of the time heroin dealers cut their heroin with some of the more gargantuan painkillers such as Fentanyl. Cutting their heroin with Fentanyl brings about a stronger product and stretches it so that it lasts longer. In turn, this causes more overdoses and deaths. It doesn’t matter how you look at it. The point is that the epidemic is festering and painkillers continue to be the root of it time and time again.

Money, Money, Money

One of the largest threats to the addicts of America is the pharmaceutical companies- there’s no debating that.  Pharmaceutical drug lobbyists have the position to bargain with the departments like the Drug Enforcement Agency or the Food and Drug Administration. These are the government agencies put in place to protect the people, but somewhere something is being missed. How is it that painkillers can thrive in a country that the President himself has declared in a “state of emergency”? If individuals are dying at the rate they are, why is nothing being done?

It all boils down to money. Painkillers will never be stopped entirely when currency remains as an answer to questionable morals. There is a constant demand for happiness in the world and Big Pharma is quite aware. When there is a demand a supply can always be created. The bigwig pharmaceutical companies feed off of weakness and alcoholic thinking. Whether it’s painkillers, antidepressants, or anxiety medications, it all translates to cash at the end of the day.

What ends up happening much of the time is kind of a revolving door of putting money into the pockets of these companies. Patients are wrongly prescribed or over prescribed all the time. They are then cycled on different medications until the “right one” is found. By then, dependency is usually very loud and present.

This pattern eventually continues until you have somebody who is on a plethora of medications and they have absolutely no idea why they take what they do. Other times there are patients who wind up on various substances they have no business being on, or even worse there was a much more effective drug that could’ve been prescribed in the first place. Greed is a horrible excuse for addiction to flourish. We need more prevention and we need it NOW.

Pain is Pain

Whether you suffer from physical or mental pain, at the end of the day it still takes its toll. Fortunately, there are other ways to deal with pain than continuing down the opioid Trail of Tears. Addiction will make things worse while we convince ourselves everything will get better. Recovery is the only power that can make it all better. If you or a loved one has been struggling to make the next step, call 1-888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. We have trained specialists on standby ready to help start this transitional period and give the clarity and peace of mind deserved. Moving forward, there is a life that can be proudly stood behind.  

Real Client Testimonials

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    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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