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America in more pain than any other country–Pain Killers / Opioid overdose contributes to the death of 91 U.S. Americans each day

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What is going on in the United States with the prescription of Opioid drugs? Why are doctors continuing to prescribe them to patients knowing that they are dying at alarming rates? Why are doctors so easy to prescribe a narcotic that contributes to the death of 91 Americans per day?

During 2015, there were  two million people who had a prescription opioid use disorder and there were 591,000 people who suffered from a heroin ( a form of opioid) use disorder. Although Opioids have been around for a while the current attention to the drug and its related deaths have now been considered a state of emergency, calling for a more direct and legislative policy on the prescription and use of the drug including Natural Opioids (morphine and codeine), Synthetic Opioids (tramadol, fentanyl, methadone), semi synthetic opioids (tramadol, fentanyl), and Heroin (an opioid synthesized from morphine). Note: Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than pure heroin.

Deaths from prescription opioids like oxycodone( such as OxyContin®), hydrododone(such as Vicodin®), and methodone, have quadrupled since 1999. Many people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races are using Opioid drugs. Opioids appear to be in the news often and noted as contributing to the death of public and nonpublic figures. See public figures in the news by clicking here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/06/02/celebrities-who-have-died-addiction/85314450

Many of the natural opioids (although not natural in nature) are prescribed by doctors and given to patience for pain. The problem is that they are highly addictive. Methadone, first synthesized in Germany at the laboratories of IG Farben, a large pharmaceutical company, contributes to the deaths of many Americans. When you look at history during the 1960s researchers at the Rockefeller Foundation developed a system of dosing heroin addicts with methadone to prevent their use of heroin. It was proposed to the administrators of New York City, where approximately half the country’s addicts lived, that methadone programs be established to treat these addicts and get them off the illicit drug. Today, you have many methodone clinics. However, according to a CDC report, methadone overdose deaths increased by 5.5 times between 1999 and 2009. In 2001 alone, the number of people who died from methadone were equal to the number who died in the entire decade from 1990 to 1999. But at the same time, deaths from other opioid painkillers was increasing at a similar rate.

In 2014 alone, 14,000 people died from prescription Heroin-related deaths. Overdose deaths linked to heroin jumped 39 percent in 2013 from year 2012. The CDC said 8,257 people died of heroin-related deaths in 2013, compared with 5,925 deaths in 2012.

“There is a growing population of people who are using narcotics, whether the prescription variety or heroin,” said study co-author Dr. Len Paulozzi, a medical epidemiologist at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The overprescribing of narcotic painkillers (such as Oxycontin and Vicodin), which has been going on for 20 years, is responsible for the increase in heroin use and overdoses, he said.

Some interesting statistics on deaths related to prescription Opioids (between 1999 and 2014 are listed below:

  • Overdose rates were highest among people aged 25 to 54 years.
  • Overdose rates were higher among non-Hispanic whites and American Indian or Alaskan Natives, compared to non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.
  • Men were more likely to die from overdose, but the mortality gap between men and women is closing.

Opioid deaths are disproportionately affecting communities across our country. In fact, during 2015 five states had the highest rates of death due to drug overdose and they were West Virginia (41.5 per 100,000), New Hampshire (34.3 per 100,000), Kentucky (29.9 per 100,000), Ohio (29.9 per 100,000), and Rhode Island (28.2 per 100,000). Ohio has been one of the states hit hardest by the crisis. Last year, 86% of overdose deaths in the state involved an opioid. Local officials say that more than 800 people will probably die from an opiate overdose there this year, more than double last year’s record of 349 opioid deaths. According to a 2009 survey conducted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, 6.2 percent of American Indian or Alaska Natives misused prescription drugs in the last month, compared to just 3 percent of whites. In total, 18.3 American Indians or Alaska Natives used illicit drugs in the last month. Only 8.8 percent of whites could say the same. With the rise in overall opiate use, those numbers continue to climb.

A New York University Study found that 3 out of 4 high school heroin users started with prescription opioids. The study also revealed that 75% of high school seniors admitted to using prescription drugs prior to the use of heroin. Research by the University of Michigan that looked in the association of opioids with high school sports found that 11% of high school athletes have used a narcotic pain killer or an opioid such as oxycotin or vicodin for nonmedical purposes. Those who play sports use opioids to relieve pain. The problem is that the onset of addiction can happen rather quickly within a few days or a few weeks. When prescribed medications run out the alternative and easy drug to acquire is heroin, which is being distributed (illegally) everywhere (i.e. schools, communities, clubs, bars, etc). For this reason, look at the types of drugs that are being administered and realize the associated risks and addictive factors.

The geographic location of people shows a direct correlation to recent overdoses. Significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015 were primarily seen in the Northeast and South Census Regions. States with statistically significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015 included Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia.

With so many deaths associated with Opioids why are they still on the market and sold to people? Well you have to view the associated costs to Big Pharma. In 2006, pharmaceutical companies sold more than $5.8 billion worth of prescription opioids. In 2011, that number jumped to $8.4 billion. In 2012, there were 793 million doses of opioids prescribed in Ohio, which is 60-times larger than the entire population of the state. In 2010, 254 million prescriptions for opioids were filled in the United States, which amount was capable of treating every adult in the country 24-hours a day for one month. There was about 300 million pain prescriptions written in 2015 accounting for a 24 billion market. Lastly, America (the land of the free) accounts for only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet America consumes approximately 80 percent of the world’s prescription opioids.

Current responses to the Opioid Crises Vary:

  • Communities across the country are fighting back with litigation. Municipalities, including Indian Nations, have started suing the distributors and manufacturers of opioids. The communities are looking to be repaid for the rising government costs of treating opioid addictions and overdoses.
  • Companies that sell the opioids are being sued such as McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), Endo International, Teva Pharmaceutical, Allergan (formerly Actavis), Watson Pharmaceuticals, and Covidien.
  • High schools are beginning to share information with parents about the use of prescription drugs (for athletes who are injured) and the possible onset of addiction.
  • Statements about the addictive nature of big pharma drugs are being questioned and evaluated.
  • Marketing money paid to doctors who prescribe and write unnecessary prescriptions is being reviewed. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee seeks marketing, sales, addiction study material from the manufacturers of America’s top five opioid products by 2015 sales. Video about it is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9WAfOC3JOc&feature=youtu.be
  • Major pharmacies, like Walgreens, CVS Health, and Walmart are also being sued, as they are continuing to profit, while little is done to stop the flow of opioids into communities.
  • Companies that allegedly violated the federal Controlled Substances Actby failing to alert the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of suspicious opioids purchases, such as orders of unusual size, frequency or pattern are being reviewed
  • State Governments and Federal Entities are considering policy changes regarding Opioids.

Overall, when you look at the current opioid situation in America it makes you wonder why the country has not adopted a more aggressive plight to address this escalating problem. Furthermore, it leaves you to believe that pain management is an ongoing need and therefore, opioids will continue to contribute to the addiction and associated overdoses. Pain drugs (which bring in billions of dollars) are the second-largest pharmaceutical class globally, after cancer medicines. Perhaps the United States can adopt an approach like most other countries that use opioid prescriptions on a limited basis such as for acute hospitalization and trauma such as burns, surgery, child-birth and end of life care including patience with cancer and terminal illness.

Author, Tamikio Bohler, and owner of  Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC , (a company that makes and sells 100 percent natural salt body scrubs),  wrote this Article in Support of September–Drug Free Awareness Month.

Interesting Reading on this topic:

Excellent Review for Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, where the Company Sold out of several of their body scrubs.

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Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC is a small online business that has high quality epsom salt bath and body scrubs that are all natural. This company does not use perfumes, synthetic dyes, or parabens.  The company most recently was a vendor at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival where they sold out of several of their body scrubs. The body scrubs that they sold out of during the festival are listed below:

A few of the Reviews of Mikios Natural Body Scrub at the recent Seabreeze Jazz Festival (Panama City, Florida) are listed below.

The Festival APP shows the following reviews.

The online company has been in business for 5 years and is an approved Federal System for Award Management (SAMS) company.

T. Bohler, the Owner of the company, thanks all of the customers for their support and purchases and looks forward to doing continued business (via the company website) with those customers. Mikios Natural Body Scrub’s are listed in its online store and offers free USA shipping on everything.

Mikios Natural Body Scrub LLC: A Company that Offers Natural Body Scrub Products At Great Prices. (Free Shipping)

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If you like the bath or shower experience but want to avoid putting on lotion after jumping out of the shower or bath, this is the body scrub for you. You truly do not need lotion after using the body scrub. 

These body scrubs smell so good that you almost want to eat them. No, you can’t eat them but you sure can put them on your skin and immediately feel the difference in the texture and softness of your skin. 

Do you have sensitive skin? Well these body scrubs all contain 100% natural ingredients including olive oil, coconut oil, epsom salt, essential oils, honey, argan oil, and plant extracts. They do not include any perfumes, artificial fragrance, synthetic dyes, parabens, or sugar. 

To Use them, you simply wet your body during a bath or shower, rub on 2-3 scoops, rinse off, and pat your body dry with a towel. Whalah…you will feel so skin delicious. These body scrubs make you want to kiss yourself. And if you want to know the health benefits of each of the nine body scrubs that they offer, see the website and click on “health benefits.” Lastly, check out the one body scrub that they offer that is also a mosquito repellent called ELL. With the upcoming warm season, you may want to load up on this natural mosquito repellent body scrub that actually works. 

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Skin Care Tips

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Skin Care is important because your skin, (the largest organ in the body), is your body’s first and primary line of defense against germs, bacteria, viruses, disease, and environmental intruders.  The way you care for your skin determines how your skin looks, when it wrinkles and at what rate it ages. Many say that it is gene related, however, even a person with great genes who does not care for the skin will see some negative results.

As we age, our skin changes. Moisturizing skin with nutrient rich natural ingredients is so very important in the aging process. As we age, skin becomes thinner, sensitive to product ingredients and materials, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Veins and bones can be seen more easily. Cuts, bruises, scratches, or bumps may take longer to heal. Years of sun tanning  may lead to dry skin, damaged skin, wrinkles, age spots, and even cancer. But, there is hope because there are things that you can do to protect and preserve your skin. The earlier you start with these practices the better for your skin in the longterm.

Avoid things that age the skin!

  • Excessive Sun
  • Tanning beds
  • Harsh Weather
  • Smoking
  • Inflammatory Foods
  • Excessive Alcohol
  • Bad Diet
  • Stress
  • Pollution

Make Olive Oil Your Best Friend!

  • Add it to your bath
  • Add it to your body while in the shower (after soap))
  • Mix it with water in a spray bottle and splash yourself while at the beach
  • Add it to your skin right before a workout
  • Put it on your body before you sleep
  • Use it to remove makeup

Incorporate Healthy  Lifestyle Habits!

  • Eat Healthy (Add more Alkaline Foods to All Meals)
  • Minimize Acidic Foods
  • Exfoliate your skin weekly
  • Add foods rich in Omega 3 to your diet
  • Wear Suntan Lotion of SPF of 30 or higher
  • Wear Protective Clothing
  • Commit to Using Olive oil or Coconut oil or Shea Butter on Skin daily
  • Minimize chemical exposure and absorption when possible
  • Clean skin regularly
  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize Skin

Keep Positive Energy Around You! 

  • Minimize negative friends
  • Eliminate “unnecessary stress”
  • Make choices that are good for you mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Deal with stress head-on… by exercising your worries away
  • Surround yourself with Motivational type people who encourage your growth and development
  • Smile at every chance that you get
  • Eat to Live; Don’t Live to Eat

Skin is a very complicated organ but taking care of it does not have to be a complicated process. Early prevention, healthy lifestyle habits, nutrient rich diets, exercise, and tons of positive energy will help to keep your skin vibrant and healthy.

The author, T. Bohler, wrote this article to spread the news about the importance of skin care and the simple things that can be done to preserve the look, feel, and quality of your skin. The earlier you start in the process the better. She has been using olive oil on her skin since she was 20 years old (over 28 years ago). In addition, as the CEO of Mikios Natural Body Scrub, she ensures that all body scrubs are made  with olive oil.