Sylvester Stallone’s Oldest Son Another Victim Of Big Pharma?
July 18, 2012 in Health
According to the Tabloid News TMZ , “Sage Stallone — Sylvester Stallone‘s son — has died and sources tell us the cause was an overdose of pills.”. In another article, by TMZ it goes on to say, “Sources tell us officials DID find “numerous empty pill bottles” in the area where Sage’s body was discovered. No word on what types of medication the pill bottles were for.”
We’re constantly told that illegal drugs are killing so many people in the U.S., but how many legal drugs are killing people in the U.S.?
According to the World News Report: “Prescription medication abuse, or “pharmaceutical” abuse is pervasive. It affects everyone from retired executives who have had knee replacement surgery to stay-at-home moms given medication to help them sleep. In the past ten years, millions of Americans have sought treatment for pharmaceutical addiction in treatment centers across the country. Medications most often abused include: Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan/Lorazepam, Valium, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Ambien, Adderall, and Lunesta.”
How come there is not much emphasis put on the fact that legal drugs deaths are on the rise? Is this due to sheer irresponsibility of the victim or on doctors or both? Are Doctors and Pharmacists becoming the new drug dealers?
We are inundated daily with drug advertising– You look at a magazine, any magazine, and 90% of the advertisements are Big Pharma. Bill boards all over the country have Pharmaceutical advertisement. Turn on the television or listen to the radio and there are constant reminders that there is a drug to treat– asthma, arthritis, COPD, acid reflux, depression, restless leg syndrome, erectile dysfunction, and the list goes on…
High profile people such as Rush Limbaugh were caught ‘doctor shopping’ in order to get his supply of Oxycontin (an opioid used for pain). Rush served no jail time, yet if someone had an ounce of marijuana on them, and a policemen fines it, they are arrested, tried, and jailed.
Celebrities such as Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen, Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher, Eminem, Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Patrick Kennedy, Ray Charles, Robert Downey Jr., and just recently, Demi Moore, have been addicted to prescription drugs and were fortunate to have their lives spared.
Others not so fortunate…Elvis Presley (Dead), Amy Winehouse (Dead), Anna Nicole Smith (Dead), Michael Jackson (DEAD), Jeff Conaway (Dead), Whitney Houston (Dead) and now Sage Stallone (DEAD).
What about the average person who doesn’t have the luxury to admit themselves or their family members into The Betty Ford Center, to help them get off their addiction to prescriptions drugs? How many innocent young lives have come to a screeching halt due to prescribed drugs? According to the L.A. Times report (November 17, 2011); “[Prescription] Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They go on to say, “The death toll has doubled in the last decade, now claiming a life every 14 minutes.”
According to a Fox News report (November 2011), “More people die in America every year from prescription drug abuse than die from heroin and cocaine combined. That stunning finding comes in a new report Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Wait! They said prescriptions drugs abuse is worse than heroin and cocaine combined and more deaths come from prescription drug abuse!
Where is the outrage? Where is the penalties and consequences for those drug dealers? Where is the FDA doing investigations into the Pharmaceutical Industry?
Now the last thing we need to have is more rules and regulations and more policing by government. It would be nice if people were allowed to make their own informed independent choices, but since the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration (1930′s), people have had to rely on the FDA to make the decisions about pharmaceutical drugs. They give their seal of approval and the drug is introduced to the people, and people blindly trust that this drug is good for them because the FDA assured them. This is the same agency that gave their seal of approval to Vioxx, Avandia, Baycol, and Fen-Phen. Merck was exposed in holding back information in the Vioxx incidents and they basically got a slap on the wrist and fined. They were back to business the next morning.
How tragic such a young talented life was halted and cut short by a cocktail of prescription drugs. I am sure any information that comes out of the toxicology report, with regards to pharmaceutical drugs, Sage was taking, will be totally controlled by Big Pharma.
Such a tragic loss of life. My heart goes out to Sylvester and his ex-wife Sasha. I cannot begin to imagine their pain of losing a child. No parent wants to outlive their children.