Inner State Crumbles United States

So have the number of fatal poisonings due to prescription painkillers, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Prescription drug misuse is now responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. Report: States failing to curb… Despite these shocking statistics, a new report from Trust for America’s Health finds many states are lacking effective strategies to curb prescription drug abuse. The report, titled “Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic,” shows more than half the states scored a six or less on the advocacy organization’s scale, which assesses the ways states are trying to combat prescription drug abuse. Only two states, New Mexico and Vermont, scored 10 out of 10. “In the past two decades we’ve seen many advances in the development of new prescription drugs, which have been a miracle for many,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health. “But we’ve also seen a corresponding rise in misuse, and the consequences can be dire.” There is some good news. The estimated number of Americans who abuse prescription drugs was 6.1 million in 2011, down from 7 million the previous year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. But the number of drug overdose deaths, the majority of which are due to prescription drugs, has doubled in 29 states since 1999, according to this new report. And in some of those states the number of deaths has tripled, or even quadrupled. Trust for America’s Health evaluated each state on several strategies that have shown promise in fighting against prescription drug abuse. One was prescription drug monitoring programs, which help pharmacists and doctors identify patients who are “doctor shopping,” or visiting various doctors to fill more prescriptions. While 49 of the 50 states had these programs in place, only 16 required medical providers to use them, according to the report. The organization also looked at Rescue Drug laws in each state.

A peaceful society begins when we let go of the obstacles to both inner and outer balance. Political reconstruction begins with internal unearthing. Each person behooves conscious proactive searching through practices such as meditation , prayer or coaching. “Prayer impacts our spiritual practice at three levels: action, thought and attitude” reports the Spiritual Science Research Foundation. “Coaching helps people build a much broader perspective so they get to understand where someone else is coming from,” life coach Chrissy Carew, author of Insightful Player explains. Often times, daily life uncovers blocks to inner peace. Conflicts such as the standoff leading to the US government shutdown on Oct. 1, 2013, bring hardened misconceptions to the surface. Elements such as: placing the desires of a few over the needs of the whole, grasping for personal power, feeling “right” and regarding others as “wrong” all act like boulders in groundbreaking for peace, the harmonious flow of growth. “Pride can lead to grudge-holding and selfishness, making the relationship about ‘me,’ instead of ‘us,'” says perceptive comedian, Lawrence Owens as he explains common human conflict. Each person involved in the face-off, including each one of us who has an opinion on the situation, has the opportunity and responsibility to find our personal blocks that contribute to the dysfunctional circumstances. Perhaps we need to take our “pride temperature” when conflicts get hot.