Prescription drug abuse is epidemic in the U.S. according to the CDC. In fact, there are 40 deaths each day from prescription painkillers. This is unconscionable to me. Hypnosis for pain control can alleviate pain and help chronic pain sufferers manage their pain. In my Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge Island hypnosis offices I teach many clients tools for pain management so that they may reduce or even eliminate painkillers. Self-hypnosis for pain management can save lives.

40 U.S. Deaths a Day From Prescription Painkillers

WebMD, November 1, 2011: Every day, 40 Americans die from prescription painkiller abuse, the CDC says.

Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than do overdoses from heroin and cocaine combined. Twelve million Americans say they abused prescription drugs in the last year.

It’s not just a statistical blip. Prescription drug abuse — taking painkillers not for pain, but to get high — has tripled since 1999. Rogue doctors are a big part of the problem, according to CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD. Indeed, a California study found that 3% of doctors wrote 62% of painkiller prescriptions.

“This stems from a few irresponsible doctors,” Frieden said at a news teleconference. “The problem is more from them than from drug pushers on street corners.”

As a result, one in 20 U.S. adults admits to having abused prescription narcotics. The drugs most abused, according to the CDC, are “drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone.”

In 2010, pharmacies sold enough of these opiate-based prescription drugs to give everyone in the U.S. a typical 5-milligram dose of hydrocodone every four hours for one month.

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You can end the suffering and let go of chronic pain with self-hypnosis. We are in an epidemic of prescription drug overdose and this epidemic can be stopped. Learn hypnosis for pain control to protect your health and your life.

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