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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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?...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Vioxx only the beginning; antidepressants and statin drugs are medication timebombs

10/4/2004 - There's a much bigger story than you might think about the recent hoo-ha concerning Vioxx being pulled from the market. It's not just about Vioxx or Merck, the drug's manufacturer. Virtually all prescription drugs that are heavily marketed by pharmaceutical companies today are harmful to human physiology....

An outspoken doctor calls the pharmaceutical industry a national fraud that promotes disease and prevents prevention

8/19/2004 - As pharmaceutical companies continue their march toward profitability and domination over our "modern" health care system, more and more doctors are speaking out against them. One of the most interesting and outspoken doctors is Dr. Rath. Dr. Rath, who is based outside the United States, has started...

U.S. pharmaceutical companies and the FDA responsible for 100 times as many Americans deaths as terrorists

8/19/2004 - The FDA is getting desperate in the war to monopolize the U.S. pharmaceutical industry and prevent citizens from purchasing prescription drugs at lower prices from Canada and elsewhere. They've now invoked the "terrorism" label in the fight to suppress consumer free choice. Unbelievably, FDA commissioner...

Skyrocketing health care costs make U.S. employers non-competitive in the global marketplace

8/8/2004 - Skyrocketing health insurance costs are heavily impacting employers in the United States. Now, for the first time, medical benefits to employees has become the most expensive benefit paid by employers, according to a new report issued by the Employment Policy Foundation. The cost of health care for...

If Drugs From Canada Are So Dangerous, Where Are All the Dead Canadians?

8/7/2004 - Amid all of the frantic warnings from the FDA that prescription drugs from Canada are somehow dangerous, a question arises: where are all the dead and injured Canadians? If drugs are somehow more dangerous in Canada, shouldn't the FDA be able to produce endless examples of people who have actually been...

If prescription drugs are so good, where are all the healthy drug takers?

7/15/2004 - When observing the state of modern medicine and the unprecedented influence of pharmaceuticals, an interesting paradox arises. The drug companies claim that pharmaceuticals can do wonders for people: lower their cholesterol, end clinical depression, reverse osteoporosis, eliminate allergies, calm your...

Monopoly prescription drug racket goes global with push from Bush administration, pharmaceutical companies

7/13/2004 - The situation is even worse than we feared: not only is the Bush Administration conspiring with pharmaceutical companies to defraud American consumers by banning the importation of lower cost prescription drugs from other countries (notably, Canada), but the administration is actually forming trade...

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