Recently, actually the day after a friend's husband told me his horrific experience with a commonly prescribed painkiller, my daughter contacted me because she was feeling deathly ill while dealing with a case of strep throat. I asked what the physician had prescribed - an antibiotic and a painkiller. When I researched the painkiller, it turns out it was the generic for the very same drug my friend's husband warned me about. I told her to stop taking it immediately and she began to feel much better. I have since learned that this drug is banned in many European countries, including France, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Great Britain, and that 99% of the world's supply of this drug is consumed by Americans. It sounds like this dangerous drug is handed out like candy in the US.
Although there are definitely times when we need over-the-counter and prescription painkillers, it's important to know the risks involved.