Accidental Deaths Due to Prescription Drugs on the Rise

According to the CDC, deaths resulting from prescription drugs have risen to become the second-largest cause of unintentional deaths in the United States. Such deaths increased by 61 percent in 1999, growing from 4.4 per 100,000 people in that year to 7.1 per 100,000 people in 2004.

Deaths from psychotherapeutic drugs, such antidepressants and sedatives, nearly doubled, jumping from 671 deaths to 1,300.

The biggest jump among any age group was for those aged 15 to 24, which may be related to a rise in recreational prescription drug use. However, all age groups, except for those over 75, experienced increases of more than 35 percent. Those aged 45 to 64 saw a jump of more than 90 percent.

The data the report used did not separate intentional drug-overdose suicides from unintentional deaths.



Dr. Mercola's Comments:


Considering the growing evidence about the deadly harm prescription drugs can do, I'm not at all surprised about the CDC's latest report.

One of the most conservative bodies in medicine is admitting that prescription medicines are now only topped by car accidents as the leading causes of death from accidental injury in <st1:country-region>America</st1:country-region>. Almost half of the states in <st1:country-region>America</st1:country-region> reported prescription drug death increases of 100 percent or more (West Virginia topped the list with a 550 percent jump).

The CDC report certainly puts into crystal clear perspective a recent report from the Institute of Medicine that found more than 7,000 Americans died indirectly each year as a result of sloppy handwriting by your doctor.

However, if you read Dr. Gary Null's excellent piece "Death by Medicine" you will find out that adverse reactions from prescription drugs are responsible for nearly three-quarters of a million deaths EVERY year in the United States alone. Of course you won't find any mention of this in the latest CDC report because they are giving you HIGHLY filtered information that is designed to reassure you -- not tell you the truth.

But are you really reassured by even the numbers the CDC states?

All the more reason to seek out better, safer solutions to treat your health problems rather than relying on dangerous over-the-counter or prescription medications. Nearly the entire modern health care system is responsible for allowing countless unnecessary drugs to be prescribed, which leads directly to these prescription drug fatalities.

The fact is, prescription and over-the-counter drugs kill more people every year than the combined deaths of all those who die from the use of every illegal drug in existence. So although a distinction is made between legal prescription drugs and illegal drugs used for recreational purposes there really isn't much difference is there?

I am certainly not advocating the use of recreational drugs, but the reality is that  their legal cousins are every bit as potentially dangerous unless they are being prescribed by someone that understands natural medical principles and they are used cautiously and minimally.

That is why it is important for you to understand one of the key principles in resolving your illness is to focus on finding the underlying cause of the problem and then seeking to understand it so you can resolve it by addressing its cause.

What many people do not realize is that it is possible to maintain total health by avoiding unnecessary drugs and by gaining a comprehensive, clear and researched understanding of good nutrition and proper lifestyle choices.

On Vital Votes, Verleen from Gloversville, Alabama says:

"I began taking myself off of many of my prescription meds back in 2004 after reading Dr. Mercola and articles in medical journals. At that time, I was taking Lipitor for about 10 yrs. During 2003 and 2004, I saw my doctors many times complaining of memory loss, muscle pain and increasing weakness (to the point of not being able to walk), getting lost driving just a few miles from my home, depression that was getting worse and worse no matter what new antidepressant was prescribed, dark brown urine, and on and on.

"On my last visit to this doctor, after listening to all these complaints, she told me that my bloodwork was perfect and to continue with the Lipitor. I replied that if it was so perfect, then why do I feel like I am dying? That was the beginning of my research and I found Dr. Mercola.

"I discontinued Lipitor and the antidepressant (to prepare for the new one being prescribed) began taking Carlson's cod liver oil (2 T a day to start).

"In one week, I was depression free! And never filled the new script for the new antidepressant. It took longer for my other symptoms to improve, but they did improve. I believe that Dr. Mercola saved my life. I was taking a tray of prescription meds and now I'm only taking meds for my diabetes.

"However, there is a downside to some extent. I cannot find a family doctor. When I refuse to take a prescription med, they tell me to find a new doctor because I won't follow their instructions. At the present time, I do have an endocrinologist for my diabetes."

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