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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for medications-342462_1920.jpgThe Oklahoma Attorney General just charged Dr. Regan Nichols with second degree murder in the deaths of 5 of her patients, for allegedly prescribing them too many painkillers and related drugs.

The specific allegations against Dr. Nichols are shocking. They include that she prescribed:

  • 3 million doses of controlled dangerous drugs from 2010 to 2014
  • In one year, to a 47 year old patient who subsequently died, a total of 450 painkillers, muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety drugs
  • In one month, to a 46 year old patient–for whom, she had not done a full medical evaluation in 4 years-some 240 painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs.

The deaths of Dr. Nichols’ patients are not isolated. Painkiller overdoses killed 33,000 Americans in 2015, a huge jump from just a few years ago. This is an epidemic.

Thumbnail image for headache-1540220_1920.jpgAmerica has a pain killer problem. And it’s killing us.

The just-released statistics are truly shocking: in 2015, while more than 52,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, two-thirds of those deaths were attributable to opioids like Percocet, OxyContin, heroin and fentanyl.

We are losing tens of thousands of Americans a year to opioid overdose, which is more than die from gun homicides or car crashes. We are losing more Americans to overdose from “legal” than from illegal drugs.

woman-1006102_1920.jpgOne out of ten Americans are taking antidepressants such as Prozac and Paxil. This large portion of Americans includes women who are pregnant and suffer from depression. In many cases, these mothers-to-be have to choose between treating their depression and risking dangerous birth defects in their children. Taking antidepressants during gestation increases the risks that the baby will be born with a serious birth defect.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control found that women taking Paxil during their first trimester of pregnancy more than doubled their risk of five types of serious birth defects, while those taking Prozac had a higher risk of two serious birth defects.

Some of the most common birth defect risks and medical problems associated with Paxil include:

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