Kids and Pain Relievers
A new national Public Service Announcement Campaign, “You Decide Before They Prescribe,” is trying to educate parents on the link between prescribed prescription pain medicine and heroin abuse. It encourages parents to talk with their doctor about the addictive qualities of pain medicine and poseek information about alternative treatments.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued national guidelines for physicians prescribing pain medicine, in an effort to reduce the scope of the epidemic.
Elaine Pozycki of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, a national organization advocating opioid prescribing policies that reduce health risks and deaths, said “Patients need to be notified by their physician of the addictive qualities of these opioid based drugs. Education is the key factor in preventing the abuse of opiates”.
According to the CDC, Since 2000:
Opioid pain relievers that are abused were most often obtained via prescription from physicians.
The rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%,
There has been a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids
Users of prescription drugs are 40 times more likely to use heroin
Dr. Dale Peterson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Medicine. He completed his residency in FamilyMedicine at the University of Oklahoma. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians. He had a full-time family practice in Edmond, Oklahoma, for over 20 years and was a Chief of Staff of the Edmond Hospital. He was active in teachingfor many years as a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine through the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Peterson left his full-time family practice in 1999 to consult with individuals who are seeking ways to restore and maintain their health through improved nutrition and other lifestyle changes. He founded the Wellness Clubs of America to give people access to credible information on supporting and maintaining their health. His monthly wellness letter, Health by Design, and his Health by Design E-Newsletter provide helpful information to individuals interested in preventing and conquering health challenges. He is the author of Building Health by Design: Adding Life to Your Years and Years to Your Life .
Dr. Peterson speaks regularly on subjects related to health and nutrition. He hosted a weekly radio program,Your Health Matters, on KTOK in Oklahoma City for five years. For the past nine years he has addressed questions from across the nation on his Your Health Matters weekly teleconference.He offers a free video LifeXtension course at www.drdalepeterson.com.