'The DEA is enabling—even encouraging—a generation of opiate addicts, while the FDA tries to quash safe and helpful supplements like DHEA. Goodness, the legal drug-makers have been busy! This week the Associated Press revealed that in 2010, US pharmacies dispensed the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone (used as ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet, and Percodan) and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone (used in Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab).
That’s enough to give forty 5-milligram Percocets and twenty-four 5-milligram Vicodins to every single person in the United States. The production and sale of both drugs has increased tremendously over the past decade; in some locations, sales have increased by 1,500 percent.
Distribution is particularly high in Appalachia, the Midwest—particularly suburbia—and the Southwest. Why the increase? Our poor diets and inactive lifestyles increase inflammation and pain.'