Prescription drugs kill one person every 19 minutes

0 Prescription drugs kill one person every 19 minutesThe Quiet Epidemic: prescription drug abuse destroys millions of lives

Nancy Rosen-Cohen
The Baltimore Sun

There isn’t much attention paid to prescription drug abuse, except perhaps when a Hollywood star dies from an overdose. However, it is estimated that nearly one in five Americans has used prescription drugs for nonmedicinal reasons, and 15 percent may be abusing prescription drugs. This silent epidemic has become the leading cause of addiction.

This week, the Maryland Chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the University of Maryland Medical Center sponsored the annual Tuerk Conference, a gathering of 1,200 health professionals working in the field of addictions to focus on treatment and prevention of prescription drug abuse. Confronting and debunking the common myth that prescription drugs are less deadly and less addictive was one of the items on the agenda.

The dangers of prescription drug abuse are growing at an exponential rate. Between 1992 and 2002, the number of prescriptions written increased by 61 percent, but the number of prescriptions written for opiates increased by almost 400 percent. Opiates reflect three-quarters of all prescription drugs abused. Actor Heath Ledger had Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Valium (diazepam), and Xanax (alprazolam) in his bloodstream when he died. All are legal opiates.

According to a report this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitalizations for poisoning by prescription opioids, sedatives and tranquilizers jumped 65 percent from 1999 to 2006. One-third of new addicts report that their first drug experience was with prescription drugs.

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10 Responses to “Prescription drugs kill one person every 19 minutes”

  • HIR5032 says:

    Very straight- …
    Very straight-forward documentary about prescription drug addiction. Hope this helps a lot of people.

  • Fritzebitze says:

    cause that second …
    cause that second counts

  • bluegreedo says:

    Every 19 minutes?? …
    Every 19 minutes?? LMFAO…why round that off to the nearest 10th…and make it 20 minutes.

  • OdomtologyBooks says:

    Kindle OWNERS IN …
    Kindle OWNERS IN RECOVERY!!! /watch?v=wocD6tEXIeo

  • JPInformation says:

    Every 19 minutes? …
    Every 19 minutes? What is going on here? The media, federal government, and policy groups need to stop worrying about the international war on drugs, and focus their attention right here, where easily assessable prescription drugs are either killing or harming thousands. I’ve had the prescription drug talk with many of my friends, but their addictions are too far gone. So sad. More opinions on this topic at video v=Ocedr5bcv-Y.

  • prsproull says:

    The description is …
    The description is wrong in the section talking about Heath Ledger, Vicodin and OxyContin are indeed opiates, but Valium and Xanax are benzodiazepines. Definitely a HORRIBLE idea to combine the two classes of drugs.

  • mintgumdropz1 says:

    i agree: Big Pharma …
    i agree: Big Pharma + pills = alot of unnecessary deaths each day.
    each DAY. I agree with u. akes me wonder, tho, if Heath’s death could have been prevented ?

  • Pfsif says:

    Then doctors kill …
    Then doctors kill more than guns, terrorist and drunk drivers?

  • sethzky77 says:

    Prescription drugs …
    Prescription drugs are the scourge of humanity. They’re easier to get than pot, yet pot, a naturally growing plant is illegal. WTF!

  • gsamborska says:

    Big Pharma is a …
    Big Pharma is a serial killer. A friend of mine is forced to take 17 prescription drugs. On drugsdotcom I checked on the drugs interaction. My God! I wonder how he can survive this. Actually he is dying and he doesn’t drink any alcohol.
    Google “7 ills that do not need pills” and get rid off Big Pharma poisons.

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