LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 13, 2016) - Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB: VBIO) ("Vitality" or the "Company"), a corporation dedicated to the development of cannabinoid prodrug pharmaceuticals, and to unlocking the power of cannabinoids for the treatment of serious neurological and inflammatory disorders, wishes to advise that a recent article written by Robert Brooke, Company CEO, sheds new light on key factors in the fight against the increasing epidemic of prescription painkiller related deaths.
In his article, Mr. Brooke notes, "Opiates are one of the key classes of drugs we're seeking to replace, or to make far less necessary, as our proprietary cannabosides could provide a potent alternative form of pain relief and help avoid, or greatly reduce, the use of opiates for the treatment of many conditions including inflammatory bowel disease (where 70% of patients now regularly receive opiates upon hospitalization)."
The statistics are startling, as last year there were 47,055 Americans that died from drug overdoses, and opioids were involved in 61% of these cases. Since 2013, the rates of drug-overdose deaths have exceeded the number of deaths from car accidents. This is not uniquely an American problem, but the U.S. uses an astonishing 80% of the world's opioids, while representing only 4.6% of the world's population. The New England Journal of Medicine has just written that the rising death toll has been rivaled in modern history only by that at the peak of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.
On Friday, the Washington Post reported that an Arizona-based maker of fentanyl, the drug most commonly reported in many of these deaths, just donated $500,000 to oppose legalization of medical marijuana. This at a time when studies have shown that today about 75% to 86% of heroin users started with prescription opioid pain relievers. So the first exposure to opiates is far more likely to come not from heroin (as was overwhelmingly true in the 1960's), but rather from prescription drugs.
To find out more about Vitality Biopharma and its development of cannaboside pharmaceuticals, please visit www.vitality.bio and to read Mr. Brooke's article "What We Should Know About Opiates and Prescription Drug Abuse," please visit the CEO Blog at www.vitality.bio/investors/news.
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