One of the biggest post-collapse threats to your safety could come from the millions of Americans dealing with addictions and withdrawals to both legal and illegal drugs.
We live in a nation of chemically medicated zombies!
According to new research, almost 60% of Americans are now taking at least one prescription drug, and the number of Americans who are taking more than five drugs has doubled in the last decade.
The Journal of the American Medical Association just released research that shows over the last decade the number of Americans who are taking more than five prescription medications has doubled, now accounting for 15% of the adult population.
The JAMA paper also found that in addition to the growing number of people taking multiple medications, the number of adults taking at least one prescription drug grew from 51% of the population in 2000 to 59% in 2011, the most recent year data was available.
But even scarier, because of the threat these people will present during a long-term disaster situation, is the large number of people taking mind altering medications. According to the New York Times, 1 in 5 Americans is now on at least one psychiatric drug.
With so many people on Prescription Medications, will this be one of the biggest threats you face post-collapse?
When I talk about preparedness related threats, I often talk about how people will be one of the biggest threats to your safety and security during a long-term crisis. But an even more significant threat might come from zombies.
Now I’m not talking about the Walking Dead; those kind of zombies would be less of a threat because at least they’re slow and somewhat predictable. I’m talking about the medically induced zombies who will be roaming the streets looking for a fix. The ones who can no longer get their hands on the medications that they have become so dependent on.
- What happens when the supply lines are cut?
- What happens when these people who have become dependent on these drugs can no longer get them?
- How long will it take before they become desperate or mentally unstable?
A shocking number of people have become completely dependent on pain killers, mood altering medications and anti-anxiety pills. Should this country face a long-term disaster situation, where infrastructure breakdowns cause these medication supply lines to run dry, we are going to see a whole lot of people losing it on the streets.
ANTIDEPRESSANT DISCONTINUATION SYNDROMES
Abruptly stopping common psychotropic medications —particularly antidepressants, SSRIs, benzodiazepines, or atypical antipsychotics—can trigger something known as discontinuation syndrome. The syndrome can produce a wide array of dangerous side effects, including suicidal thoughts, violence and mania.
Mental illness and drug addictions in a post-collapse world.
This is a threat at cannot be taken lightly. Even today we see how dangerous these drugs are; their effects are felt on a daily basis.
I believe much of the violence we are seeing can be tied back to these medications, and the massive increase in people doing both legal and illegal drugs. In fact, according to WND study from 2012, most of the recent school shootings can be directly tied to these dangerous medications. The study found that almost 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.
How will this threat affect you in a post-collapse world?
When millions of Americans are abruptly cut off, we are going to see trouble. Even during optimal conditions, those who stop taking these medications can feel withdrawal effects for months, sometimes even years.
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics Journal published a study back in October 2012, showing persistent withdrawal effects six weeks after patients stopped taking SSRI antidepressants. Researchers found post-withdrawal symptoms “may last several months to years.”
Symptoms ranged from poor stress tolerance and disturbed moods to emotional liability and bipolar disorders. But even more worrisome is what happens when people are forced to abruptly stop taking these medications without being weaned off of them.
People will start turning to even more dangerous drugs.
Another thing we will likely see is a huge increase in those taking illegal street drugs and bizarre chemical concoctions. Once the prescription drug supply lines run dry, you are going to see millions of people desperate to get their fix.
Many of these prescription drugs have awful side effects and withdrawal symptoms, and once those kick in people are going to turn to anything they can get their hands on to dull the pain. Drugs like Molly, Bath salts, Meth and other chemical blends will be in high demand because of how easy they are to make. This is going to make the problem a thousand times worse. Anyone who hasn’t gone off the deep end will be pushed over when they start taking these designer street drugs.
Want to see a glimpse of what’s coming?
Check out these videos of people who are already losing it because of taking these new synthetic drug blends. Keep in mind these are people in today’s world, now add in the millions of people who are on dangerous pharmaceuticals, and you will get a good picture of what the threat looks like.
Developing a Preparedness Mindset
One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from this threat is to develop a rock-solid preparedness mindset. The will to survive is probably the single most important aspect of surviving a traumatic event; not having the mental capacity to do so is a dangerous thing, and could land you in the same position as the millions of Americans who are already medicating themselves to escape reality.