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Opioid Addiction

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  • Opioid addiction is a serious problem in the U.S., with deaths more than quadrupling between 2000 and 2013
  • In the wake of issuing a warning against the use of opioid pain killers for long term pain control, the FDA approved yet another drug with high abuse potential. They also approved the use of opioids in children
  • Kratom, a plant used for centuries in Southeast Asia that helps with pain control and shows potential to ease opioid withdrawal, has been banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

By Dr. Mercola

Heroin addiction is a serious problem in the U.S. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths from heroin overdoses more than quadrupled between 2000 and 2013. Heroin use also more than doubled in 18- to 25-year-olds between 2002 and 2011.

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