November Prevention Column

LEGALLY PRESCRIBED OPIOID NARCOTICS ARE PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE HEROIN PRODUCED IN A LABORATORY!

If you had no idea, you are not alone; in fact, there are many doctors who are not trained in  pharmacology , and so base their decision to prescribe an opioid on information they receive from the manufacturer of the drug. This information may, or may not, provide total transparency of the drug’s safety and efficacy. Moreover, many patients taking prescription opioids know them as “pain killers” and are not aware of their similarity to heroin. Many make the assumption prescription opioids are safe because they are legal drugs prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist. LEGAL DOES NOT MEAN SAFE!

Approximately 100 years ago, heroin was first marketed as “safe” by Bayer and it was widely prescribed to everyone, including children. Around the 1920’s the FDA pulled heroin from the market because it was found to be highly addictive. After the FDA’s ruling, people were made aware of the dangers of heroin. Today, OxyContin and Percocet are two of the widely prescribed opioids marketed to treat pain. They are narcotics containing the active ingredient oxycodone, whose molecular structure is identical to heroin and whose effects on the mind and body are identical to the effects of heroin.

We are hoping reading this will make it easier for you to understand why we are seeing an epidemic of death and addiction caused by prescription opioids as a gateway to heroin far surpassing our wildest imaginations!

Prescription Opioid Narcotics and Heroin

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