Pills More Lethal Than Guns – Pain Meds & Sleep Apnea

Parker & Madilyn Stewart

‘We are killing innocent people’: Stunned doctor warns of opioid danger, even when taken as prescribed 

Three months after 21 year old Parker Stewart married his sweetheart, Madilyn, he and his younger sister both went in for a tonsillectomy. On the third day after surgery he  told everyone he was feeling fine and went to bed and never woke up. Pain medication he had been given and taken as prescribed had shut his breathing down and he died in his sleep.
What should be of particular interest to those taking antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics with so often disease sleep apnea resulting in the explosion in sales of CPAP machines is the fact that something that predisposes someone to the repression of respiration.

“…a person who suffers from sleep apnea — a condition in which a person’s breathing is shallow or undergoes abnormally long pauses while sleeping — is known to have a greater chance for a dangerous reaction to even a prescribed dose of painkillers, he explained.

“Measured risk factors are whether a person is known to snore loudly, frequently feels tired during the day even after good sleep, has any observed pauses in breathing at night, has high blood pressure, has a body mass index of more than 35, are over 50 years old, have a large neck size (more than 17 inches around for a man or more than 16 for a woman), or are male.

“A person is considered to be at greater threat of post-surgery complications with painkillers if they can answer yes to three or more of those factors.

“In hindsight, Gardner said, she believes her son “had possible sleep apnea.” Even when he was a young boy, she said, Stewart snored loudly.”

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Shooting Pills Is Far More Lethal Than Shooting Bullets!
Comment from Kranny-Utah: Why aren’t these trained doctors better educated in school, let alone by Big pharma reps, about these lethal side-effects, not only of opioids, but of all toxic drugs?
These harmful side-effects aren’t new to the medical/pharmaceutical industries. Barbara Starfield M.D. published an article in a 2002 JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association), the medical journal that doctors should be familiar with, about drug-related deaths due to patients taking drugs as prescribed, and not abused. Taking statistics from the year 2000, she reported that over 250,000 deaths were attributed to drug interactions and medical procedures, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer deaths. Imagine what that number is today? Ignorance is driving too much of this current plague.
My comment in response: “Thank you kranny!!! You took the words right out of my mouth! I head the International Coalition for Drug Awareness where we focus on this very issue. Would love to have you join us.
Interesting to note is another study done by pharmacists in 1995, due to concern that the drugs they were dispensing were killing too many, was published in “Drug Topics.” They concluded that the death toll for taking prescription meds “as prescribed” was 200,000. So according to the JAMA study you quote, over a five year period the death toll increased by 50,000. Now if the deaths continued to increase only at that rate (although I would expect it to have increased at a much higher rate over the last few years) we should now, 17 years later, have a death toll of at least 420,000 annually.
Losing 420,000 per year would be like having at least two 9/11 tragedies hit this country every week! We went to war for how many years over only one 9/11? Where is the outcry for all of these senseless pharmaceutical deaths?! And people are concerned about guns?! It appears to me that shooting pills is far more lethal!
How to Make the Problem Worse!
With the information finally coming out on how very serious and very lethal these pain killers are the next move is logically to wean patients off these deadly and highly addictive drugs. But what are the new recommendations to help those with pain? What is being recommended are drugs patients who have used both types of drugs say these are FAR MORE DIFFICULT to withdraw from than these pain killers are!! Those drugs now being recommended for pain are antidepressants or Neurontin (gabapentin) or Lyrica. These patients are being led from the frying pan into a raging fire!!!

ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder-Suicide: Two Dead: Oregon

Paragraph seven reads: “The family had known Phillips for years. They
said he took numerous medications, including antidepressants and pain
medications while he waited for hip-replacement surgery.”


April 22, 2010

By Anita Burke
Mail Tribune

MEDFORD ­ Family, friends and a west Medford neighborhood mourn a
murder-suicide that left a man and woman dead on Monday.

Gregory Alan Phillips, 57, shot his former girlfriend, Evalina Maria
Lattoure, 39, three times in the head and neck with a .22-caliber revolver
before fatally shooting himself, Medford police said. The shootings happened at
about 2:20 p.m. Monday in the driveway of a duplex at 725 Beekman Ave.,
where the two, along with other roommates including Lattoure’s 9-year-old
daughter and the girl’s father, were moving.

The group had lived just down the street in a house that was foreclosed in
January and they had just been evicted, Jackson County Circuit Court
records show.

“They were very nice people,” said Dustin Wilhelmi, who lives in the
adjoining unit of the duplex and saw Phillips shoot himself. “I don’t know why
he would do that to her.”

Lattoure’s 17-year-old son, who lives with other relatives in Jackson
County and asked that his name not be published, said Phillips “took the life
of a great and wonderful woman.”

He said his mother also has a 22-year-old son who lives in California, as
well as a sister and other relatives who were gathering to plan a funeral.

The family had known Phillips for years. They said he took numerous
medications, including antidepressants and pain medications while he waited for
hip-replacement surgery.

“Maybe he wasn’t in his right mind when he did this,” Lattoure’s teenage
son said, wondering compassionately what the loss must be like for Phillips’
aging mother in California, who must now deal with the knowledge that her
son is a murderer.

Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said that Lattoure and Phillips had argued
earlier in the day, but each had left, apparently to cool down separately.
Investigators didn’t release details about that conflict.

Phillips’ car was in the driveway of the duplex Monday afternoon when
Lattoure pulled up, police said. She approached his car, then was shot.

An autopsy showed that a fatal shot hit Lattoure’s spine, her son said.

As neighbors heard shots Monday afternoon and called 9-1-1, Medford police
quickly notified Washington Elementary and South Medford High schools,
which went into precautionary lockdown, as did the Medford School District’s
central office.

School officials praised prompt and clear communication from police, who
evaluated the potential threat to schools. As soon as investigators
determined that everyone involved in the shooting was dead, the lockdown was lifted.

Washington Principal Joe Frazier said police and schools train to work
well together in emergencies and that training paid off.

Teachers had information about the shooting right away so they could
grieve after school, Frazier said. Then, on Tuesday morning, the school gathered
students to acknowledge the tragedy that had happened in the neighborhood
and reassure them that they were safe in school, he said.

Teachers provided some time for students to deal with grief, then helped
them return their focus to learning, he said. The district provided
additional counseling for a few students who needed more help.

The Children’s Advocacy Center is also assisting Lattoure’s family,
officials said.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 541-776-4485, or e-mail