The Danger of Pharmaceuticals

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Every year, around 13,000 Americans are murdered with guns; a similar number dies from AIDS, and approximately 10,000 people per year dies from consumption of illegal drugs. A recent article in The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that an estimated 113,000 hospitalized patients die each year from drugs which, by medical standards, are properly prescribed and properly administered. This is unbelievable: over 113,000 luckless patients died from taking the CORRECTLY prescribed medication at the correct dose. This makes prescription drugs the fourth leading killer in the US after cancer, heart disease, and strokes. Let me state this one more time: prescription drugs are now the 4th leading cause of death in America. FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, prescribed by a doctor, are killing at least, if not more, 113,000 Americans a year.

This number includes only drugs given properly and under normal circumstances. This excludes drugs administered in error or taken in attempted suicides. When errors of administration are included, the death toll is around 160,000 per year.

More than two million people each year suffer from serious side-effects from prescription drug. Yet we have a "war" on illegal drugs, many want better gun control, and millions of dollars each year are spent on finding a cure for AIDS-and nothing is done to curtail the problems with prescription drugs. Go figure!

Each year 106,000 to 120,000 Americans die as a direct result of pharmaceutical drugs. This has been likened to a jumbo jet crashing every day of the year. Why is it that the drug industry gets away with this, and yet continues to be one of the most successful and fastest-growing industry groups around? What is wrong with this picture?
Key Fact: Just because a product is approved by FDA or Health Canada does in no way, shape or form mean it's a safe product.

J Collin Towers, Author
Stop Growing Older, Grow Younger

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