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America consumes 80 percent of all prescription painkillers sold globally

9/12/2014 - Many Americans would argue that the U.S. is the greatest nation on Earth, a beacon of freedom and hope for the rest of the world to emulate. But when it comes to mental and physical quality of life here in the States, America appears to rank near the bottom, as evidenced by the nation's massive and...

Pill-flushing problem acknowledged US government

9/11/2014 - On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to expand a government take-back program of prescription drugs in an attempt to tackle America's growing dependency on Big Pharma's best-selling products. The new policy authorizes the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to allow hospitals,...

DEA protects Pharma racket by charging FedEx with felony crimes for delivering prescription drug packages

7/24/2014 - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has taken a new leap toward tyranny with a major federal lawsuit filed against parcel courier FedEx, bringing outrageous charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and drug trafficking. The lawsuit, which seeks hundreds of millions of dollars in...

DEA opens investigation into NFL systemic abuse of prescription painkillers

7/20/2014 - More than likely concerned about its growing irrelevance now that cannabis prohibition is finally coming to an end nationwide, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has decided to launch an official investigation into the alleged prescription drug abuse culture of the National Football League (NFL). Reports...

United States of PAIN? 259 million painkiller prescriptions written every year in the USA

7/5/2014 - A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that the overprescription of narcotic painkillers is still a major problem in the United States. The report, published on July 1, is based on data collected by retail pharmacies, which fill the majority of US prescriptions....

Prescription drug use now causing more driving fatalities than alcohol

7/2/2014 - According to a study published in the Public Health Reports, driving under the influence of prescription drugs is becoming a large problem in society, causing more fatal driving accidents than ever before. Today, driving fatalities due to driving under the influence of prescription drugs, including...

Paralyzed man SWAT raided, sentenced to 25 years in prison for possession of his own prescription drugs

5/27/2014 10:28:00 AM - A wheelchair-bound man who suffered from partial paralysis, chronic pain and multiple sclerosis was raided by masked, gun-wielding SWAT officers and ultimately sentenced to 25 years in prison for possessing a one-month supply of painkillers that he was legitimately prescribed by his physician. The...

Prescription drugs: A nation's killer

4/1/2014 - In a nation that seems to thrive on popping pills for a range of different health woes, it really should come as no surprise that deaths due to the overdosing of prescription drugs are on the rise in the United States, and will likely to continue to be so. Though there is a definite need for a number...

Reasons to avoid the use of prescription sleeping pills

3/11/2014 - Even if you have trouble sleeping, you should still avoid taking sleeping pills because there have been recent headlines linking some of these pills to death. In a new study in the journal BMJ Open, it has been proved that even occasional use of prescription pills increases the risk of cancer and...

Prescription drug abuse may now be the top cause of accidental death in America

12/18/2013 - The phrase "prescription drug abuse" allows Big Pharma to get away with too much, shifting the blame to stoners, druggies and youths who like to get their kicks from illegal prescriptions and black market OxyContin-type drugs that sell for high prices. Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions,...

Corrupt cop extorts innocent Kentucky man for prescription drugs

11/26/2013 - Cases of estranged police behavior continue to show up in reports nationwide. From restricting parents from picking up their children at school to firing rounds of ammo at a van full of children and other bizarre incidents, police behavior has become outright embarrassing in America. While there...

Federal govt. spending tens of millions on prescription drugs for illegals

11/16/2013 - Americans, by and large, are compassionate and charitable, but when others begin to take advantage of that compassion, Americans understandably tend to resent it. Which is what makes so many of our government entitlement programs increasingly hard to accept, let alone feel good about. Tens of...

History of medicine fact #40: Drug ads were illegal on television in U.S. until 1997

10/8/2013 - Selling prescription drugs to the general public is illegal, and even doctors cannot come to your home and sell you pharmaceuticals, yet television advertisements enter our home, usually between our favorite programs, and do exactly that. Since 1997, the United States government has allowed drug advertisers...

Sen. Grassley going after doctors who feed prescription drug addiction across America

9/3/2013 - U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa has contacted health officials in 34 states to see if they are imposing any accountability on doctors who over-prescribe dangerous prescription drugs. In 2010, Grassley wrote to officials in all 50 states requesting statistics on doctors who prescribed antipsychotics,...

Prescription drug death epidemic continues: Can Big Pharma be stopped?

8/24/2013 - Death by prescription drug continues to be a major health problem in the United States, as Big Pharma remains influential and dominant in traditional medical practice. But a noted neurosurgeon and contributing CNN health expert may represent the first chink in Big Pharma's formidable armor, according...

Increased suicide rate in military blamed on conditions other than combat and prescription drug abuse

8/23/2013 - As Natural News has reported in the past, there has been a tragic side effect tied to more than a decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan on the U.S. military, and that is the increased instance of suicide. It took the military a while to figure out it had a problem, but once it became apparent,...

Doctors ignore back pain self-care guidelines and prescribe useless surgeries and meds instead

8/2/2013 - In today's current medical arena, the mass consumption of useless surgeries and medications is growing at alarming rates. A new study by Dr. Bruce Landon from the Harvard Medical School shows that many doctors today are ignoring back pain self care guidelines and are instead sending patients through...

Government is also spying on your prescription drug use

7/2/2013 - Government bureaucracies use data mining techniques to keep track of almost anything nowadays. Government micromanagement of people's lives has become the norm. Control freaks in positions of power want to know everything about everybody, usually in order to "keep people safe" or to learn about population...

New study finds 7 in 10 Americans on at least one prescription drug, many of which can be deadly

6/24/2013 - A new study by the Mayo Clinic has confirmed what Natural News has been reporting and warning for years: Americans are becoming ever more dependent on prescription drugs. According to the study, nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug and more than half take two. Study...

Adult prescription use directly linked to poisoning of children: Study

6/18/2013 - Drugs are harming and killing American children at an astounding rate these days - no, not "street" drugs like cocaine and ecstasy, but rather pharmaceutical drugs like statins and opioid painkillers. And a recent study found that these same pharmaceuticals, which are intended for adult use, are now...

Teen abuse of prescription drugs up 33 percent, includes Ritalin, Adderall

5/1/2013 - A new national survey has been released, highlighting startling new trends in teen prescription drug abuse. The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation are confirming that one in four teens now abuse or misuse a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime. These results suggest a 33...

Six dangerous prescription drugs you should think twice before taking

4/17/2013 - Just because your doctor prescribes it does not necessarily mean it is safe for you to take. Many popular prescription drugs, it turns out, come with the potential for serious side effects, including everything from short-term nausea and headaches to chronic inflammatory myopathy and heart disease --...

Americans who ditch overpriced prescriptions save time, money, and health

4/13/2013 - Many Americans are now looking outside the United States for cheaper prescription drugs. The pharmaceutical industry estimates the cost of developing a new drug is at least 800 million dollars. This helps explain the high price that is passed on to consumers, but does medicine have to be this expensive?...

Revealed: Aurora shooter James Holmes was taking prescription antidepressants and hypnosis drugs

4/5/2013 - Once again the alternative press is proven correct with the assertion that the No. 1 cause of violent shootings is mind-altering psychiatric drugs. New information has been released about the prescription drugs being taken by James Holmes, the mind-controlled Aurora Colorado "Batman" movie theater shooter,...

Epidemic of prescription drug deaths hits New York

2/27/2013 - Over the past 16 years, the rate of drug overdose from prescription opioid drugs skyrocketed seven-fold in New York City. In fact, researchers from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health call it nothing less than an "epidemic." Who are the people in New York overdosing on drugs like Oxycontin?...

Parents clueless that their kids are abusing prescription drugs

1/31/2013 - Although prescription drug abuse among both children and adults now rivals illegal street drugs in both prevalence and lethality, most parents are not particularly concerned about such abuse among children and teenagers, according to the most recent University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National...

How to calm IBS without prescription drugs

1/11/2013 - More than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a mysterious health condition that can manifest itself in many forms including upset stomach, constipation, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, flatulence, and heartburn. Though distinctly less severe than inflammatory bowel...

Confirmed: Aurora shooter James Holmes was on prescription meds and vaccines

1/10/2013 - What was the most deadly element involved in the mass murder of 12 people and the wounding of 58 others at the packed Aurora, Colo., theater premier of the newest "Batman" movie last summer? Was it the AR-15-type weapon used by James Holmes? The shotgun he had with him? The handgun he used? No. As...

Patient prescription drug records may be used to deny Americans their constitutional rights

1/7/2013 - All Americans who have been prescribed psychiatric medications could be denied their constitutional rights under gun control legislation expected to be introduced into the U.S. Senate on January 22nd. Although the actual text of the bill is not yet available to the public, the heavy emphasis on "mental...

How to lower your blood pressure without prescription drugs

12/27/2012 - It is no secret that chronic high blood pressure, whatever its particular root cause, can lead to heart disease, which is said to be the leading cause of death in America today. But what remains a secret, at least to many people, is how to deal with this condition naturally apart from pharmaceutical...

Grapefruit and prescription drugs make a deadly equation

12/19/2012 - For many people, a glass of grapefruit juice at breakfast is as cemented into their daily routine as the steaming mug of morning coffee. Unfortunately; however, research from a Canadian institute has been recently released, and for some grapefruit lovers, the new information could cause a change in...

Prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined

9/24/2012 - According to a new report from Brandeis University, prescription painkillers -- opioid or narcotic pain relievers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone -- are now responsible for more fatal overdoses in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined. "An...

Prescription drugs cause nutrient depletion

8/16/2012 - Many people do not realize that the medications they take on a daily basis can negatively affect the amount of nutrients stored in the body. Numerous drugs actually deplete specific vitamins and minerals, causing a whole host of additional problems. Being aware of what is being depleted by the prescription...

New UK data finds prescription drugs 62,000 times more likely to kill than supplements

8/15/2012 - According to data just released by the UK-based Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl), pharmaceutical drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than supplements. In fact, the data collected by ANH-Intl demonstrates that food supplements are the safest substances regularly consumed...

FDA pushing to eliminate most prescriptions; make majority of drugs over-the-counter

8/4/2012 - The FDA is considering a new prescription program also referred to as the "New Paradigm" that would enable certain prescription drugs to be available without a prescription if they met certain criteria that ensured "conditions of safe use." The program would involve a variety of medications that treat...

Hey, Mr. Obama: Prescription drugs kill 6200% more Americans than homicidal shootings

7/26/2012 - In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado Batman movie theater shooting, President Obama chimed in on the gun control debate yesterday, saying, "Every day, the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater. For every Columbine or Virginia...

Prescription drugs' side effects are especially dangerous for the elderly

7/16/2012 - We live in a world full of drugs whose primary objective is to relieve symptoms instead of heal. Most of these drugs come with side effects, some of which may be quite dangerous. That is especially true when it comes to drugs prescribed for the elderly who are the largest consumers of prescription and...

Financial strain may help curb prescription drug use

6/1/2012 - The economy's decline into an ever widening abyss may have one silver lining: less can be spent on pharmaceutical drugs. With unemployment increasing while menial jobs that are available don't offer insurance, more people will be depending on government insurance programs. Now some of those programs...

Prescription anxiety drug abuse tied to rising number of deaths, ER visits, has doctors retreating

5/30/2012 - In an age when the nation's healthcare costs are out of control and policymakers are trying to find ways to reduce burdens on an already over-taxed healthcare system, an investigation in New York City has found that abuse of prescription anxiety drugs is rising fast, placing an added load on the city's...

FDA proposes bypassing doctors, selling prescription drugs over the counter

5/8/2012 - When it comes to freedom of food choice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers Americans to be too stupid to make their own dietary choices. But when pharmaceuticals are involved, the FDA apparently thinks individuals should be able to completely self-medicate themselves without a prescription,...

Walgreens targeted in DEA crackdown on prescription painkillers

4/12/2012 - Just a few months after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided two CVS pharmacies in central Florida for ordering excessive amounts of painkiller drugs, including oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin), the agency is now pursuing half a dozen Walgreens pharmacies in the Sunshine...

Warning to vegetarians: Many prescription drugs secretly made with animal parts

3/15/2012 - Genetically modified organisms and bovine growth hormones are in thousands of prescription drugs all over the world without any warning whatsoever. Plus, over 40% of humans are allergic to either consuming or injecting gelatin, which is the most popular hidden animal part in drugs and vaccines today....

Canadian addiction experts call for national strategy to tackle prescription drug addiction

2/29/2012 - With addictive painkiller OxyContin being phased out in Canada, health experts are calling for a national strategy to confront prescription painkiller abuse. OxyContin is the most well known form of the narcotic painkiller oxycodone (technically, oxycodone hydrochloride). Like other opioid drugs...

Health Ranger (Amethios) launches new song, music video about prescription drug fatalities - Heaven Can Wait

2/16/2012 - Activist music artist Mike Adams -- known as "Amethios" -- has released a new independent single and music video entitled Heaven Can Wait. The song is available as a free MP3 download from the Amethios website at: www.Amethios.com The music video is also viewable at these two locations: http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=8344877BBF3441FF08B114B72D5D7118 and...

Whitney Houston killed by prescription drugs and alcohol, not drowning, say coroner officials

2/13/2012 - Yesterday NaturalNews reported that Whitney Houston was likely the latest victim of the pharmaceutical industry and its deadly, toxic prescription drugs. Her body was found near her medications, which included Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax, and a sleeping medication (http://www.naturalnews.com/034944_Whitney_Houston_prescription_drugs_addiction.html). It...

Timeline of celebrities killed by Big Pharma: Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Farrah Fawcett, Elvis and more

2/12/2012 4:22:49 PM - The recent death of pop icon Whitney Houston has once again sparked worldwide awareness of the fragility of human life, and how easily it can slip away in an instant. But what Houston's death has also brought to the forefront is the reality that, under the auspices of treating disease, FDA-approved...

Whitney Houston yet another victim of pharmaceutical drug industry (UPDATE 2)

2/12/2012 - The regretful passing of an American entertainment icon -- Whitney Houston -- marks yet another sad milestone in the devastating body count of the prescription drug industry. TMZ is now reporting that Whitney Houston was found not with illegal drugs, but prescription drugs that may have killed her or...

Hospital pharmacist sentenced for stealing morphine and other prescription painkiller drugs

2/6/2012 - Daniel Hamm, a former pharmacist at Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, could have faced 10 years in prison for pilfering (watering down) morphine with saline solution and stealing prescription painkillers, but instead gets 5 years of probation and some community service. Hamm pleaded guilty...

Sec 105 of SOPA threatens freedom of health speech, aligns with FDA Trilateral Cooperation Charter to potentially eliminate access to dietary supplements

1/19/2012 - Identifying threats to health freedom and freedom of health speech often requires connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated verbiage in one piece of legislation and a trade agreement, for instance, or reading between the lines to identify the full intent or scope of a provision or phrase added...

Blurred vision? Eye doctor myths exposed - learn how to exercise your eye muscles for restoring healthy vision and eliminating prescription glasses

12/7/2011 - You're probably familiar with all sorts of mythologies promoted as "truisms" in modern medicine: Flu vaccines prevent the flu (they actually don't), CT scans are harmless (they aren't), chemotherapy works to save lives from cancer (it actually causes cancer), and so on. There are all sorts of falsehoods...

Healthy babies being given dangerous, unneeded prescription drugs

10/20/2011 - The American Academy of Pediatrics is now encouraging the diagnosis of so-called Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in preschool age kids and calling for the drugging of those little ones with drugs like Ritalin if they don't respond to "behavior management techniques." Yes, if a four...

States begin cracking down on drug companies buying prescription history records

10/1/2011 - Big Pharma uses prescription drug purchase records from pharmacies for marketing. Not to track sales, but to locate doctors who need visits from pharmaceutical sales reps. Vermont passed a law restricting Big Pharma's reach into doctors offices by banning the use of pharmacy prescription records for...

Prescription drugs responsible for more deaths than traffic accidents, study finds

9/21/2011 - Every 14 minutes, a person is killed by prescription drugs -- and unlike most other causes of preventable death, which have been on the decline for years, medication-induced deaths are on the upswing across the US. According to a recent analysis conducted by the Los Angeles Times (LA Times), drug-induced...

White House plan to reduce prescription drug abuse falls short

9/11/2011 - A recent Reuter's press release reported the White House's announcement to look into curbing pharmaceutical drug abuse. It noted that psychotropic drugs, anti-depressants, and pain killers were the most commonly "abused." The article raised concerns over the larger numbers of pharmaceutical "abusers,"...

Doctor sues family of young girl he killed with prescription drugs

9/2/2011 - Dr. Kevin Buckwalter of Henderson, Nev., has a history of malpractice and shady dealings during the time when he still had a practice and a license to prescribe controlled substances. Now that he has lost both, Buckwalter has sunk to a new low by countersuing the family of Andrea Duncan, a young girl...

Pharmageddon: Prescription drugs are killing America's youth

7/19/2011 - No parent wants to lose a child, but when one dies from something that should be very preventable, the heartbreak and tragedy is compounded. Such is increasingly the case with prescription drugs - they're killing our youth. Sarah Shay and Savannah Kissick, of Morehead, Ky., best friends since high...

Prescription Antacids Can Lead to Severe Magnesium Deficiency

4/27/2011 - Prescription antacids are some of the most highly prescribed drugs in the US today. When these drugs were first approved, they were intended to be used for temporary heartburn and only for short periods of time. As their usage evolved, however, these drugs have steadily become a part of people's daily...

US spent $307 billion on prescription drugs in 2010

4/27/2011 - Americans spent $307.4 billion on prescription drugs in 2010, according to a recent report from consulting firm IMS Health. Although this figure is a 2.3 percent reduction from last year, it's still a huge portion of the U.S. economy to be spending on prescription medications, many of which are ineffective...

Missouri town approves measure to make cold medicines prescription only

3/17/2011 - Following the lead of several other communities in the St. Louis, Mo., area, the city of Wildwood may soon be outlawing the over-the-counter (OTC) sale of cold and sinus medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE), a decongestant drug ingredient often used to make illegal methamphetamine drugs. The...

Employers start firing employees who test positive for certain prescription drugs

3/7/2011 - Companies across the United States have started including some prescription drugs in random employee drug tests, and firing workers who test positive. For example, Sue Bates lost her job of 22 years as an assembly line worker at Dura Automotive Systems after she tested positive for hyrdrocodone,...

Prescription stomach acid drugs lead to magnesium deficiency

3/6/2011 - Popular prescription proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs like AstraZeneca Plc's Nexium and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's Prevacid will now contain new labels warning patients that long-term use may cause magnesium deficiency. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that the more than 21 million...

More than 25 percent of children now on chronic prescription medications

12/31/2010 - The rate of prescription drug use among children and teens continues to rise, with a new report from Medco Health Solutions Inc. saying that at least a quarter of all U.S. children are now regularly taking pharmaceutical drugs. And according to the report, many of these drugs were originally intended...

Study: thousands of patients never bother to pick up their prescriptions

11/27/2010 - Some experts are bemoaning the fact that not all drug patients are taking their medications. According to a new report out of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, thousands of Americans never pick up their drug prescriptions after ordering them because they either cost...

Prescription drug addicts hit up emergency rooms for their next fix

11/14/2010 - Prescription drug abuse is out of control across the nation. Powerful opiate painkillers like OxyContin (odycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) are replacing street drugs as addicts' drugs of choice, and these substances are causing increasing amounts of accident-related injuries...

Abuse of prescription drugs rises 400 percent in 10 years

11/11/2010 - Abuse of prescription painkillers in the United States increased 400 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to a study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "The non-medical use of prescription pain...

Abuse of prescription painkillers now an escalating epidemic of addiction

11/2/2010 - Abuse of prescription painkillers continues to rise, according to a study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "We urgently need to take action," CDC Director Thomas Frieden said. "These prescription...

Taking prescription drugs could cost you your job

10/26/2010 - Drug abuse in the U.S. is hardly limited to illegal street narcotics; millions of Americans take prescription medications that can severely impair their judgment and ability to work, and some employers are beginning to take notice. Recently, a woman was let go from her assembly-line position at an automotive...

Teenagers increasingly getting high off prescription drugs

10/5/2010 - Prescription drug abuse among teenagers has become so prevalent in recent years that one in five high school students report having illicitly used at least one such drug. The findings come from the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's...

Huge rise in prescription drug use among children

9/28/2010 - The use of long-term prescription drugs by children has increased four times faster among children in the past decade than among the general population, according to a report by Medco Health Solutions. More than 25 percent of all children, including almost 30 percent of those between the ages of...

Natural Supplement Found Superior to Prescription Antidepressants

9/28/2010 - According to two recent studies, the natural dietary supplement SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine) can be more effective than prescription antidepressants in relieving depression, including severe depression. One study had subjects take either SAMe or a prescription antidepressant while the other one had...

American workers switch from cocaine to prescription opiates as drug of choice

9/19/2010 - When most people hear reports about people using illicit drugs at work, they probably assume such reports are talking about things like marijuana and cocaine. But a new report shows that most of today's workers and job applicants have ditched the street drugs and now take prescription pain pills instead...

Sheriffs want database of prescription drug users

9/14/2010 - Sheriffs in North Carolina are petitioning state legislators to be given access to the database of patients who are in possession of powerful prescription painkillers and other controlled substances. The state sheriff's association fronted the idea last week, saying it would help them make more arrests...

Americans drowning in prescription drugs

9/4/2010 - Nearly half of all Americans now use prescription drugs on a regular basis according to a CDC report that was just released (1). Nearly a third of Americans use two or more drugs, and more than one in ten use five or more prescription drugs regularly. The report also revealed that one in five children...

Prescription painkillers now gateway drugs to hard drug use

8/30/2010 - Shocking new research out of the University of Buffalo has revealed that popular prescription opioid medications are causing people to become addicted to street drugs. Once addicted, nearly half of patients prescribed opioid pain pills end up transitioning to street drugs like heroin because these drugs...

Prescription drug overdoses on the rise in the U.S.

8/20/2010 - Both accidental and intentional prescription drug overdoses are on the rise in the United States, according to a study conducted by researchers from West Virginia University. "People have seen the headlines related to Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith and they think that's tragic but...

Pharmacists, doctors are the new drug dealers who flood the streets with addictive pills

8/8/2010 - Prescription drug abuse is emerging as the new face of the U.S. drug problem, with unscrupulous pharmacists and doctors taking the place of street pushers or other stereotypical visions of the "drug dealer." Southern Ohio has emerged as a major supplier of illegal prescription drugs, with 74,000-person...

Prescription drug abuse exceeds heroin, cocaine and ecstasy combined

6/23/2010 - Rates of prescription drug abuse worldwide are higher than those for the use of cocaine, ecstasy and heroin, combined, according to a new report by the United Nations' International Narcotics Control Boards (INCB). "Abuse of such drugs has been spreading over the world in recent years," said report...

Baby boomers still love to get high, now using prescription meds

6/7/2010 - Nearly one in 20 U.S. residents above the age of 50 regularly abuses illegal or prescription drugs, according to a report issued by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "This new data has profound implications for the health and well being of older adults who continue...

One Million UK Patients Addicted to Prescription Drugs

3/15/2010 - Approximately 1.5 million people in the United Kingdom are addicted to prescription or over-the-counter drugs, many of which were legally acquired. In July, the Department of Health launched a review of the problem, after the House of Commons All-Party Group on Drug Misuse called for greater awareness,...

Almost Six Hundred Thousand Kids have Adverse Events to Prescription Drugs Each Year

2/17/2010 - "More than half of Americans on chronic meds!" That was the headline in May 2008, and big pharma was happy to hear that news.(1) The primary goal of the pharmaceutical industry is to continue to increase profits at the expense of Americans. The following are primarily the 4 methods that accomplish that:...

Ancient Chinese Herbal Remedy More Powerful At Killing H1N1 Than Prescription Antivirals

1/18/2010 - An ancient Chinese remedy that was used to fight the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic may prove effective against the H1N1 swine flu, according to a study conducted by researchers from Kaohsiung Medial University in Taiwan and published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Natural Products. The...

Prescription narcotics cause more deaths than both heroin and cocaine

12/23/2009 - On the heels of the sudden death of celebrity actress Brittany Murphy (http://www.naturalnews.com/027781_Brittany_Murphy_drugs.html), people are once again raising the question of just how dangerous prescription drugs might really be. Some are arguing, however, that street drugs are the real danger,...

Critical Information may be Missing from Prescription Drug Labels

11/20/2009 - Prescription drug use, sadly, is rising among people in the United States with one in six using three or more medications. Of special interest then is a recent commentary published last month in The New England Journal of Medicine which states that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has critical...

Florida is the "Colombia" of Prescription Medications

10/26/2009 - Florida has become the nation's capital for illegal acquisition of prescription medication, according to local and federal law enforcement officials. "Broward County has become the Colombia for pharmaceutically diverted drugs," said Hollywood police Capt. Allen Siegel, who directs a narcotics task...

In Sixteen States and Counting: Drugs Kill More People than Auto Accidents

10/11/2009 - For years, the predominant cause of injury-related deaths in the United States has been traffic accidents. However, recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) indicates that 16 states now see more drug-related deaths...

Suicide Prevention Drug Pushing Racket - Part II

8/21/2009 - This is part two of an article series by Evelyn Pringle. You can read part one here: http://www.naturalnews.com/026789_suicide_suicide_prevention_Eli_Lilly.html A recent study in the April 2009, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety journal found no change in the suicide rate in teens as a result...

Prescription Vitamin D Not Suitable for Supplementation Say Researchers

8/18/2009 - Most of us think of 'Prescription Strength' pills to be somehow better or stronger than a similar 'Over the Counter' variety. But in the case of prescription vitamin D pills, they are FAR inferior to the vitamin D that you can buy in any health food store. In fact, they are less potent, less 'biologically...

Natural Vision Improvement with Greg Marsh CNVT Part III

8/7/2009 - Greg Marsh teaches Natural Vision Improvement to people worldwide, including the Bates Method. Greg came across the Bates Method when he was extremely nearsighted in his 20's. He learned that poor eyesight is a well-established part of how we "see" the world, and his progress was slow until he began...

One in five Teens Has Abused Prescription Drugs

8/4/2009 - Up to one out of every five teenagers -- or 20 percent -- has abused prescription or over-the-counter drugs, according to research conducted by the organization Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The organization says that one in 10 teens have abused these drugs within the past year, with another...

Miracle Cure for Gout and Arthritis Pain? Six Cherries a Day

4/21/2009 - I bet the big drug companies wish they had invented cherries -- they've proven to be the most powerful medicine in the world for eliminating gout and reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Cherries are such powerful medicine for gout and arthritis, in fact, the FDA went out of its way to try...

Canadians Use More Prescription Drugs than Ever Before

4/12/2009 - A report released by a drug-tracking firm reveals that prescription drug use among Canadians was higher in 2008 than in any previous year. The report, released on March 26 by IMS Health, a worldwide pharmaceutical-tracking company, assesses pharmaceutical use by tracking the number of prescriptions...

Confessions of a pharmacist: What Big Pharma Won't Tell You about Prescription Drug Safety (Book Review)

1/6/2009 - Pharmacists are walking encyclopedias of knowledge about the dangers of drugs, but most of them follow a pro-Pharma agenda, so they never reveal the deadly truth about how dangerous these drugs can really be to your health. There's only one pharmacist I've ever met who dares to think outside the...

Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More Americans than Illegal Drugs

11/10/2008 - A report by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission has concluded that prescription drugs have outstripped illegal drugs as a cause of death. An analysis of 168,900 autopsies conducted in Florida in 2007 found that three times as many people were killed by legal drugs as by cocaine, heroin and all...

Students Abuse Prescription Drugs in Hopes of Raising Academic Test Results

9/4/2008 - A report commissioned by the British government warns that students are increasingly turning to brain-boosting prescription drugs in order to improve their academic performance. The report urges the United Kingdom to begin preparing a response before the problem becomes more serious. The British...

Prescription Drugs More Deadly Than Cocaine, Heroin, Amphetamines

9/2/2008 - When handsome and talented young actor Heath Ledger died last winter, the New York City medical examiner's autopsy report revealed his death was due to an unintentional life-ending cocktail of prescription drugs, including anti-anxiety medications Alprazolam (Xanax), Diazepam (Valium) and Lorazepam...

Leonardo Da Vinci's Prescription for Life

7/6/2008 - Oh that Leonardo, what a guy! Painter of the Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man and The Last Supper, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. The quintessential Renaissance man. Born the illegitimate son of a notary and a peasant girl, vilified...

Insurance Co-Payments Rise for High Priced Prescription Drugs

5/15/2008 - Health insurance companies are currently revising their pricing systems for very expensive drugs and they are now requiring patients to pay hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for prescriptions for drugs that may save their lives or slow the progress of serious diseases. With the new pricing...

FDA Approves Prescription Proton Pump Inhibitor Drug for 1-11 Year Olds

4/15/2008 - The FDA recently approved the short term use of the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drug Nexium for children one to eleven years old for the treatment of GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Paradoxically, (www.worstpills.org) , the Health Research Group of Public Citizen recently issued a warning about...

Heath Ledger Cause of Death Confirmed: Prescription Drug Toxicity

2/6/2008 - Toxicology tests have now confirmed the cause of Heath Ledger's death. He was killed by a deadly combination of FDA-approved medications prescribed to him by his doctors. The drugs found in Ledger's system were OxyContin (a painkiller), Valium, Xanax (an antidepressant), Restoril, Unisom and Vicodin....

Just Say No to Prescription Drugs

12/4/2007 - Assuming you're eating well, sleeping well, exercising and tending to your relationships, the next best optimal health step you can take after the age of fifty is to avoid prescription drugs. All prescription drugs - without exception - have side effects. The most common cause of side effects is the...

Public Comment Date Announced for Sale of Behind the Counter Drugs

10/18/2007 - FDA announces public comment date for Behind the Counter (BTC) sales of prescription medications   On October 3, 2007 the FDA posted FDA Docket number 2007N-0356 announcing that it is open to public comment on November 14, 2007. According to the FDA this docket "regards the behind-the-counter (BTC)...

New online consumer health guide reveals nutritional deficiencies caused by prescription drugs

9/10/2007 - NaturalNews.com, a leading natural health news and information site, has launched NaturalNews DrugWatch(TM), a free online resource that reveals the nutritional deficiencies caused by over 540 brand-name prescription drugs. The pages are provided free of charge as a service to enhance the health and safety...

Consumers' use of pharmaceuticals, personal care products polluting rivers and oceans with toxic chemicals

6/13/2007 - Our water supply is becoming increasingly contaminated -- and not just by big factories dumping pollutants into the rivers. It is consumers, often unwittingly, who are poisoning rivers and oceans by sending potentially toxic chemicals down the drain. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated...

28 Senators vote to maintain Big Pharma monopoly over U.S. consumers; Republicans oppose free trade for medicine

5/7/2007 - On May 3rd, 2007, U.S. Senators voted on an amendment to the 2007 Prescription Drug User Fee bill that aims to reform the FDA and enhance drug safety. This amendment, known as the "Dorgan Amendment No. 990," threatened to break Big Pharma's monopoly over pharmaceutical sales and allow U.S. consumers,...

Prescription pill abuse among teenagers on the rise

2/28/2007 - Forget the Mary Jane; all the cool kids are getting high right out of mom and dad's medicine cabinet – much to the alarm of teen drug abuse watchdogs. A new report released Wednesday showed that today's teens are shying away from illegal drugs like marijuana, but instead sharing prescription pills...

Prescription drug deaths skyrocket 68 percent over five years as Americans swallow more pills

2/22/2007 - Poisoning from prescription drugs has risen to become the second-largest cause of unintentional deaths in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers found that deaths from prescription drugs rose...

Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills 7,000 a year; national e-prescription campaign launched

1/22/2007 - Medication mistakes kill more than 7,000 people every year, largely because of doctors' often-illegible handwriting on prescriptions, according to a July 2006 report issued by the National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM). Part of the problem stems from doctors' failure to invest...

Statin drugs expose patients to dangerous, debilitating side effects

1/8/2007 - Millions of Americans take statin drugs to help lower their cholesterol, making it one of the most popular classes of prescription drugs on the market today, but like most prescription medications, these drugs are often unnecessary, as most Americans could lower their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels simply...

Teen prescription drug abuse on the rise, study finds

12/30/2006 - U.S. teens are abusing illegal drugs such as marijuana less, but abuse of legal prescription drugs is rising, according to a new study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The "Monitoring the Future" study, conducted by the University of Michigan, found that American teens' use of illegal drugs...

Many Americans too illiterate to understand prescription medication labels

12/5/2006 - More and more people living in America don't have the needed English-language literacy skills to read, interpret and follow directions -- and that can cause big problems when prescription medications are not taken per the doctor's orders. Even people with higher levels of literacy still can't understand...

Prescription painkillers now more common than heroin as street drugs

11/27/2006 - Hard recreation drugs are being passed up many drug abusers in favor of prescription narcotics like morphine and OxyContin, according to a new study across seven Canadian cities. A recent research report states that heroin continues to be the number-one illegal drug across cities such as Vancouver...

Reporters for Just Say ‘Know’ to Prescription Drugs Initiative Find MD’s Failure to Discuss Side Effects ‘Significantly Higher’ Than New Study Stated (press release)

11/20/2006 - UCLA head researcher says, “We were very liberal.” Actual percentage of physicians who fail to discuss risks of prescribed medication are “much higher” than 65 percent reported previously. Today, the Just Say “Know” to Prescription Drugs Campaign, aimed at getting one million people to stop and reevaluate...

U.S. government announces it will stop illegal seizures of prescription drugs from Canada

10/4/2006 - The U.S. government announced yesterday that it will no longer seize small shipments of illegal Canadian pharmaceuticals at the border, which overturns months of aggressive seizures that have resulted in 40,000 confiscations nationwide. Though it is still illegal to import pharmaceuticals from Canada...

Prescription pain killers involved in more drug overdose deaths than cocaine or heroin in the US (press release)

9/25/2006 - Trends analysis of drug poisoning deaths has helped explain a national epidemic of overdose deaths in the USA that began in the 1990s, concludes Leonard Paulozzi and colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA. The contribution of prescription pain killers to the epidemic...

Why is Fido dead? Prescription drugs are killing dogs, too

9/21/2006 - The FDA has released information concerning non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pets -- including Metacam, Deramaxx, Previcox and Rimadyl -- that shows they have been connected to 22,000 cases of illness in dogs, almost 3,000 of which were fatal. The drug makers maintain their medicines are...

Prescription drugs are connected to school shootings and other violence, yet more drugs are touted as the solution

9/11/2006 - The United States is gaining a reputation around the world for raising children who go on school shooting rampages. Earlier this year, we had another one with 16-year-old Jeff Weiss, who went into his school on an Indian reservation and blew away 10 friends. And guess what? He was taking the antidepressant...

Pharmaceutical fraud: How Big Pharma's marketing and profits come before consumer safety and wellness

9/7/2006 - If you have a long, drawn-out, incurable but treatable disease, it's unfortunate for you but great for pharmaceutical companies. While you're suffering indefinitely, you're also buying expensive pharmaceutical drugs to make the disease "manageable." "Managing" diseases is the trend in mainstream...

While scientists clash over the dangers of ADHD drugs, the U.S. government does nothing to protect children

9/6/2006 - Since the Vioxx scandal broke in late 2004, most Americans are all too familiar with the idea that prescription drugs can be dangerous and even deadly. But how would America react if it were to discover that a class of drugs being primarily prescribed to children was also dangerous and sometimes deadly?...

StopDrugAds.org: A New Website Against DTC Prescription Drug Advertising (press release)

8/24/2006 - Today, Commercial Alert launched the website StopDrugAds.org (http://www.stopdrugads.org), devoted to ending direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising in the United States. The purpose of the website is to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drug advertising, and to mobilize...

Health authorities warn buying prescription drugs is dangerous, but only on the Internet

8/11/2006 - New research published in the August 12 issue of The Lancet has found that more patients are buying prescription drugs on the internet, which has led many conventional medical authorities to worry about the possible dangers of online drug purchases. Mainstream media outlets are reporting on the dangers...

Prescription skin cancer cream Aldara has horrific side effects, say users

8/8/2006 - Elaine Hollingsworth put Aldara on her nose thinking that it was the "benign salve" that her dermatologist made it out to be; instead, it was the beginning of her nightmare. After using the pharmaceutical skin cancer treatment for only two weeks, a "disgusting, thick, crusty, black scab" covered her...

Prescription painkillers cause more overdoses than heroin or cocaine

7/26/2006 - Death due to overdose of drugs such as heroin and cocaine have been overshadowed by deaths from opioid prescription painkiller overdoses, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study recently found. The opioids Oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and fentanyl have been sold in increasing...

Heartburn sufferers shouldn't be too quick to reach for the antacids; heartburn medications do more harm than good

7/25/2006 - Before you reach for the antacids to deal with troublesome heartburn, you might want to consider simply changing your eating habits. Most people are aware that eating too quickly or eating certain foods can trigger heartburn, yet few people are willing to change how and what they eat. Instead, they...

FDA approves use of cosmetics chemicals to make prescription drugs look shiny

7/24/2006 - (News Target) The Food and Drug Administration thinks America needs a prescription for prettier pills and is now allowing drug makers to include new ingredients in medicines to make them more visually attractive. The newly-approved pigments include metallic, satin and shimmery finishes, and different...

39 Health & Seniors Groups Call on Congress to End to DTC Prescription Drug Ads (press release)

7/24/2006 - Thirty-nine medical, health and seniors’ organizations are urging Congress to stop the advertising of prescription drugs to consumers, Commercial Alert and the National Women’s Health Network announced today. “Prescription drug ads are dishonest and dangerous,” said Gary Ruskin, executive director...

200+ Medical School Professors Call for End to DTC Prescription Drug Ads (press release)

7/21/2006 - In a strong show of opposition to advertising for prescription drugs, 211 professors from U.S. medical schools endorsed a statement that “direct-to-consumer marketing of prescription drugs should be prohibited.” The statements endorsers include prominent medical school professors from Harvard, Johns...

Deaths From Accidental Prescription Drug Overdose on Rise in New Mexico (press release)

7/17/2006 - Accidental overdose deaths in New Mexico caused by prescription drugs increased at a higher rate than those caused by illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine, according to a new study covering a 10-year period. Opioid pain relievers — such as codeine, Demerol and morphine — accounted for the majority...

The lawlessness of the FDA, Big Pharma immunity, and crimes against humanity (opinion)

6/29/2006 - June 30, 2006 is a day that will be long remembered as a dark milestone in the history of FDA and its campaign against health consumers. On June 30, an FDA "Final Rule" goes into effect, establishing a regulatory power grab of such scale and scope that it attempts to bypass all laws, the will of Congress...

Big Pharma scare tactics: How the pharmaceutical industry influences American consumers

6/2/2006 - Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, especially in this case. Lloyd Grove, a columnist for the New York Daily News, says that the pharmaceutical lobby in the United States, a group called PhRMA, actually commissioned the writing of a fiction novel designed to scare Americans into avoiding prescription...

Study shows the public is turning to alternative medicine and away from dangerous prescription drugs

4/17/2006 - A study published in April 2005 revealed that more than 70 percent of adults aged 50 or older are now using some form of alternative therapy. This includes medicinal herbs, meditation and chiropractic care. The fact that these people are adopting alternative medicine and using it in their own lives...

Shattering the false philosophy and junk science of conventional medicine

3/30/2006 - Have you ever wondered why pharmaceuticals don't work? By that, I mean that they don't make people healthier. Sure, some pharmaceuticals can modify a measurable chemical marker, but they don't make people healthier. We have 40 percent of the U.S. population on at least one prescription drug, yet our...

The collapse of health and the downfall of the U.S. economy (preview)

3/20/2006 - A new economic study by the U.S. government reveals that health care spending is rising so rapidly in the United States that in less than ten years, it will represent 20% of the domestic economy. That's an astonishing $1 out of every $5 in economic productivity, almost all of which is based on treating...

States sue the federal government over the Bush drug benefit program (commentary)

2/19/2006 - President Bush marketed his Medicare drug benefit program as a popular handout that would put more prescription drugs in seniors' pockets and more money in State coffers. But as it turns out, the drug benefit promises were completely fabricated, just like "weapons of mass destruction." In reality,...

Study shows alarming spike in prescription drug deaths at the beginning of each month

11/21/2005 - David Phillips, Ph.D., has conducted a number of studies on mortality in his career, but one of the most recent has gained significant attention, as it shows the rate of deaths caused by prescription drugs climbs roughly 25 percent at the beginning of each month. The study is notable not only for its...

FDA accused of suppressing drug safety information (commentary)

10/14/2005 - Here's a report on the FDA that could only come from outside the United States. I'm reading to you from The Independent, a British newspaper, that says, "Vital data on prescription medication found in millions of British homes has been suppressed by the powerful U.S. drug regulators, even though the...

The great direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising con: how patients and doctors alike are easily influenced to demand dangerous drugs

7/31/2005 - A cute, animated ball bounces around very sadly until he takes a magic potion; suddenly, it becomes happier than ever. No, that isn't the plot of a new children's movie. On the contrary, it's the storyline of a Zoloft commercial – yes, Zoloft, a powerful antidepressant drug. In the 1990s, direct-to-consumer...

Interview with Dr. Ray Strand, author of Death by Prescription and Releasing Fat

7/20/2005 - Mike: This is Mike Adams with Truth Publishing welcoming Dr. Ray Strand. He is the author of Death by Prescription and is one of the most courageous doctors to speak out about the health effects of prescription drugs. Welcome, and thank you for joining us, Dr. Strand. Dr. Strand: Well, thank you...

Statistics prove prescription drugs are 16,400% more deadly than terrorists

7/5/2005 - America was rudely awakened to a new kind of danger on September 11, 2001: Terrorism. The attacks that day left 2,996 people dead, including the passengers on the four commercial airliners that were used as weapons. Many feel it was the most tragic day in U.S. history. Four commercial jets crashed...

Experiment shows medical doctors to be glorified drug dealers, easily manipulated by drug companies

7/2/2005 - Here’s some fascinating news in the world of medicine that really shows the drug racket -- the huge prescription drug scam taking place in this country today. Researchers sent a group of people, who said they saw the drug Paxil in a TV advertisement, into doctors’ offices. Many of these patients didn't...

Big Tobacco and Big Pharma: same tactics, different chemicals

6/7/2005 - Have you ever thought about the similarities between pharmaceutical and tobacco companies? They're striking. Both sell products that kill people when used as directed. The statistics are readily available for pharmaceuticals, which kill around 100,000 Americans each year according to the Journal of...

Why organized medicine wants to outlaw nutrition and turn healers into criminals

6/6/2005 - How about some truth for a change about the Food Supplements Directive in the European Union? The proponents of this directive say that it's about protecting patients from all these dangerous vitamins, minerals, supplements, plant extracts and antioxidants that are so dangerous for people. They say,...

Exclusive interview with Carol Simontacchi, author of "Natural Alternatives to Vioxx, Celebrex and other Anti-Inflammatory Prescription Drugs"

6/4/2005 - Mike: We're here with Carol Simontacchi, author of "The Crazy Makers" and a new book entitled, "Natural Alternatives to Vioxx, Celebrex and other Anti-Inflammatory Prescription Drugs." Thanks for sitting down with us for a few minutes, Carol. Simontacchi: Thank you. It's a pleasure. Mike: What...

Driving with a cell phone is a lot less dangerous than driving on prescription drugs

5/28/2005 - There's a lot of debate today about the safety of using cell phones while driving. Statistics show that those who use cell phones while driving cause a much greater percentage of accidents than those who avoid using their cell phones. And the studies have shown that it's not just the physical coordination...

An overview of new health products, plant technology, superfoods and natural health research breakthroughs

5/22/2005 - In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the more interesting products and issues we're uncovering these days. There’s a product that I highly recommend for those that want a nutritious food bar made with real food, and not a bunch of processed or manufactured ingredients. It's called LaraBar,...

St. John's Wort proven more effective than antidepressant drugs for treating depression

3/29/2005 - A new study published in Germany has found that St. John's Wort, a medicinal herb frequently blamed by conventional medicine for interfering with prescription drugs, is more effective than a popular antidepressant drug in treating depression. The study found that the herb is actually much more effective...

Many automobile accidents may actually be caused by prescription drug side effects

1/30/2005 - I've often wondered how many traffic accidents are caused by people who are doped up on prescription drugs. If you think about it, most traffic accidents are actually caused by people who either make poor decisions or who have terrible reaction times. And so when some crazy driver pulls out in front...

Direct-to-consumer advertising must be banned as part of FDA reform

1/6/2005 - This is part two of an article on FDA reform. Return to part one. The next thing that should be done in reforming the FDA is to reverse some of the dangerous and poorly made decisions put in place by the FDA over the last few years. The most obvious of these is the legalization of direct-to-consumer...

Acomplia drug hype reveals mythology of prescription drugs, shortcut philosophy of American culture

1/4/2005 - A new weight loss drug, Acomplia, is all the rage, even though it hasn’t yet been approved! People are talking about the drug with such a degree of excitement that weight loss centers say virtually every patient who comes in is asking for Acomplia. But what is it about this drug that's so appealing?...

Group of doctors accuses drug companies of inventing fictitious diseases to sell more prescription drugs

12/15/2004 - The Royal College of General Practitioners in the U.K. has accused drug companies of inventing fictitious diseases or exaggerating the severity of symptoms in order to boost drug sales. It's being called 'disease mongering' and the college explains that pharmaceutical companies are taking the National...

Governor of Illinois operates program to re-import prescription drugs from Canada

12/5/2004 - The Governor of Illinois is launching a program to allow its citizens to re-import prescription drugs from not only Canada, but other countries around the world. It's all a part of a growing grassroots effort to give citizens access to more affordable prescription drugs. A growing number of states...

How to lower high cholesterol naturally without prescription drugs

12/5/2004 - Many readers have contacted me and asked about my own cholesterol numbers. They ask, "How did you achieve LDL cholesterol of 67 without using prescription drugs?" I'm glad to see these questions. Readers should be skeptical of anyone who talks about health, and they should demand that people who teach...

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