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Death from Prescription Drugs: The New Epidemic Sweeping Across America

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  • For the first time, deaths from properly prescribed drugs now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States
  • Drug-induced fatalities are being fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications
  • Those most at risk from dying from this new drug crisis are people in their 40s, but teenagers and the elderly are also at risk
  • Between 2001 and 2008, there was a 36 percent increase in hospital admissions, and a 28 percent increase in emergency room visits, among children age 5 and younger who had accidentally ingested medication

By Dr. Mercola

Death by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and America's "war on drugs" is clearly directed at the wrong enemy!


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