Safe use of medication is central to our health and well being. When medication is misused within the medical profession and food industry - as antibiotics have been for so many years - a government too friendly and close to large corporations and trying to prevent regulation and enforcement, it's of concern to all of us.
Big Pharma makes its living on patients who are dependent on their products - drugs and medication - and it isn't a great stretch of the imagination that our dependence on their products means increased profits for them.. it's almost like a built-in welfare system for Big Pharma if our prescription requires us to use their medication every day year in and year out.
The problem with that truth is in recent years, we've been hearing about more and more patients becoming dependent on opiads, overdosing, and dying.
One of the highest-profile cases of that kind of addiction - is Rogers Nelson - better known to all of us as Prince - who was addicted to one of the most dangerous painkillers on the market, Fantanyl Citrate.
The problem and concern in recent years has so intensified - that it's been defined as an epidemic.
The question is how much responsibility can and should be placed on pharmaceutical companies and how much on government organizations (FDA) - with former CEOs of medical companies up close and friendly with politicians through organizations such as Chamber of Commerce, ALEC, and university research departments receiving political appointments? Is there substance to accusations that as a result of swinging-door appointments that government bodies are protecting the 'crimes' of drug companies?
..and how often do they protect their peers or are so indoctrinated within the industry that they are unable to separate themselves to adequately do the job to regulate drugs and pharmaceutical companies?
We like to believe that we can trust our doctors to help us with this, but there are several factors of concern - even doctors are too close to the system - indoctrinated by the medical system they are dependent on for training, testing, and licensing - even receiving commissions for prescribing pharmaceutical companies' products. There's a long history of misuse and misinformation about addictive drugs.
The current concern is with opiad painkillers causing addiction and killing the patients, pharma companies creating addictions or not informing doctors and patients of addictive side effects.
It isn't an isolated conclusion that doctors treating pain and big pharma companies pushing opiads have created our current opiad epidemic.
There isn't a hard and fast rule on who you can trust, but more and more - it would seem to some degree that we have to be our own doctor.. protecting ourselves from a corrupt system that doesn't appear to have our best interests at heart. Be cautious - by getting second opinions, reading the labels and learning about the diagnosis and prescriptions. Attempt to become informed.
It's YOUR health and life, and you have a right to say no - without pressure, insults, or shaming.