Prescription drug-related deaths continue to rise in U.S.

Posted: May 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
if peiople treated themselves with respect and developed healthy habits, they would not feel much need for prescription pills to make them feel better.

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doctors continue to prescribe death for patients

as many doctors continue to push addictive drugs onto their patients for the profits of pharmaceutical companies, doctors with any sense of ethics continue to convince Americans to get off their fat, lazy butt’s and take care of themselves, rather than expecting pills to make everything better.

meanwhile, politicians use this epidemic to push for more surveillance on doctors and patients…but give pharmaceutical companies a free pass.

Prescription drug-related deaths continue to rise in U.S.

Despite efforts by law enforcement and public health officials to curb prescription drug abuse, drug-related deaths in the United States have continued to rise, the latest data show.

Figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that drug fatalities increased 3% in 2010, the most recent year for which complete data are available. Preliminary data for 2011 indicate the trend has continued.

The figures reflect all drug deaths, but the increase was propelled largely by prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, according to just-released analyses by CDC researchers.

The numbers were a disappointment for public health officials, who had expressed hope that educational and enforcement programs would stem the rise in fatal overdoses.

“While most things are getting better in the health world, this isn’t,” CDC director Tom Frieden said in an interview. “It’s a big problem, and it’s getting worse.”

Drugs overtook traffic accidents as a cause of death in the country in 2009, and the gap has continued to widen.

Overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers rose to 16,651 in 2010, the CDC researchers found. That was 43% of all fatal overdoses.

The numbers come amid mounting pressure to reduce the use of prescription painkillers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering a proposal to limit daily doses of painkillers and restrict their use to 90 days or less for non-cancer patients. The proposal also would make such drugs available to non-cancer patients only if they suffer from severe pain.

“The data supporting long-term use of opiates for pain, other than cancer pain, is scant to nonexistent,” Frieden said. “These are dangerous drugs. They’re not proven to have long-term benefit for non-cancer pain, and they’re being used to the detriment to hundreds of thousands of people in this country.”

Among the most promising tools to combat the problem, Frieden said, are computerized drug monitoring programs that track prescriptions for painkillers and other commonly abused narcotics from doctor to pharmacy to patient. Frieden said such programs should be used to monitor doctors’ prescribing as well as patients’ use.

“You’ve got to look at the data to see where the problems are,” he said. “You don’t want to be flying blind.”

In California, officials do not use the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, known as CURES, to proactively seek out problem patients or physicians. The state’s medical board initiates investigations of doctors only after receiving a complaint. Legislation awaiting action in Sacramento would increase funding for CURES and provide more investigators to police excessive prescribing, among other measures. – from the l.a. times

How Many are Dying From Prescription Drugs?

Nearly 20 percent of Americans have used prescription drugs for nonmedicinal reasons, three-quarters of whom may be abusing them. Legal prescription drug abuse is a silent epidemic, and is part of the reason why the modern American medical system has become the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. Authored in two parts by Gary Null, PhD, Carolyn Dean, MD ND, Martin Feldman, MD, Debora Rasio, MD, and Dorothy Smith, PhD, the comprehensiveDeath by Medicine article described in excruciating detail how everything from medical errors to adverse drug reactions to unnecessary procedures caused more harm than good.

Seven years after the original article was written, an analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine November 25, 2010 piqued my interest — the researchers found that, despite efforts to improve patient safety in the past few years, the health care system hasn’t changed much at all. So, earlier this year I updated posted an update to the original Death by Medicine article, which, unfortunately, shows more of the same:

  • In a June 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, study authors said that in looking over records that spanned from 1976 to 2006 (the most recent year available) they found that, of 62 million death certificates, almost a quarter-million deaths were coded as having occurred in a hospital setting due to medication errors.
  • An estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S. every year.
  • The costs of adverse drug reactions to society are more than $136 billion annually — greater than the total cost of cardiovascular or diabetic care.
  • Adverse drug reactions cause injuries or death in 1 of 5 hospital patients.
  • The reason there are so many adverse drug events in the U.S. is because so many drugs are used and prescribed – and many patients receive multiple prescriptions at varying strengths, some of which may counteract each other or cause more severe reactions when combined.

There are numerous repercussions to a society that eats, breathes and sleeps prescription medications, not the least of which is its impact on children. Between 2001 and 2008, there was a 36 percent increase in hospital admissions, and a 28 percent increase in emergency room visits, among children 5 and younger who had accidentally ingested medication. ER visits for ingestion of prescription opioid painkillers, such as Oxycodone, increased 101 percent!

And in 2009, there were nearly 4.6 million drug-related visits to U.S. emergency rooms nationwide, with more than half due to adverse reactions to prescription medications – most of which were being taken exactly as prescribed. When you add in the growing numbers of people who are using these drugs recreationally or due to addiction, you begin to see the magnitude of the problem that the pharmaceutical industry is propagating.

Unfortunately, this problem is now seriously impacting the next generation. When you were a teenager you may have snuck a beer or two at a party … nowadays teens will mix a variety of prescription pills together in a bowl and take a mouthful of them like candy! The kids think this is a safe way to get high, since they see their parents taking the same medications all the time, but it often turns out to be a literal prescription for disaster that can even be deadly.  – from dr. mercola, The New Epidemic Sweeping Across America (and it’s Not a Disease)

Death by the Numbers: Painkillers Kill More than Cocaine and Heroin Combined

The U.S. federal government spends nearly $4 billion on its drug war, the bulk of which is spent fighting cocaine. Nearly 1 million people are arrested each year for marijuana.

rush limbaugh's famous bust for prescription drug addiction and prescription fraud helped glamorize prescription pill abuse and trivialized the problems because he got away with it.

rush limbaugh’s famous bust for prescription drug addiction and prescription fraud helped glamorize prescription pill abuse and trivialized the problems because he got away with it.

Both drugs kill only a fraction of its users compared to the killer available at most pharmacies: Prescription painkillers. Since 2003, more overdoses have involved opioid analgesics than heroin and cocaine combined. Scientists have yet to confirm a single overdose of marijuana.

It’s tough to argue. Prescription painkillers are an epidemic.Popular Science recently published a fascinating graphicanalyzing overdose deaths since 1999. The findings are alarming. Overdoses have doubled between 1999 and 2010, and half are from opioid pharmaceuticals such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet.

In 2010, 38,239 died of overdoses of heroin, cocaine, alcohol, LSD, opium, mescaline, prescription pills and other drugs. Half of those, 16,651, were from opiates that are completely legal with a prescription, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here’s the scariest number of all: Every day in the United States, 82 people die from a gun, while 102 die from drugs, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse– from clarity detox

Ex-President Clinton’s foundation vows to cut the number of OD deaths over next five years

Last April in East Harlem a retired police officer shot dead an armed gunman who held up a pharmacy looking for Oxycontin and Percocet. The suspect’s accomplice surrendered.

“The NYPD has seen firsthand the destructive power of addiction to Oxycontin,” Kelly said. “One of our own police officers who became addicted to the pills after incurring an injury on the job began robbing drug stores at gunpoint. He, like many others we’ve seen, demanded Oxy by name, but left the cash in an open register untouched.

“If that doesn’t illustrate the power of addiction, nothing does.”

Between 2004 and 2010 the rate of emergency room visits related to painkillers nearly tripled in the city, Kelly said.

In response, the NYPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration has formed a new unit that allows police access to a national database that tracks how controlled substances are distributed.

Police also started “Operation Safety Cap.” The department now has a database of nearly 6,000 area licensed pharmacists, Kelly said.

Officers are visting their businesses to make security recommendations — and many of them have agreed to let police place “bait bottles” on pharmacy shelves.

Each bottle has placebo Oxycodone pills inside — plus a GPS tracking device that will allow police to track stolen drugs. – from the new yok daily news, Clinton and Kelly declare war on prescription drug abuse

as always, the rich can get away with drug abuse, while the poor go to prison

Rush Limbaugh and prosecutors in the long-running prescription fraud case against him have reached a deal calling for the only charge against the conservative commentator to be dropped without a guilty plea if he continues treatment, his attorney said Friday.

Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant filed Friday charging him with fraud to conceal information to obtain prescriptions, said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Jail. He and his attorney Roy Black left about an hour later, after Limbaugh was photographed and fingerprinted and he posted $3,000 bail, Barbera said.

Prosecutors’ three-year investigation of Limbaugh began after he publicly acknowledged being addicted to pain medication and entered a rehabilitation program. They accused Limbaugh of “doctor shopping,” or illegally deceiving multiple doctors to receive overlapping prescriptions, after learning that he received about 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors in six months, at a pharmacy near his Palm Beach mansion.\

Limbaugh, who pleaded not guilty Friday, has steadfastly denied doctor shopping. Black said the charge will be dismissed in 18 months if Limbaugh complies with court guidelines. – from cbs news,Rush Limbaugh Arrested On Drug Charges

if peiople treated themselves with respect and developed healthy habits, they would not feel much need for prescription pills to make them feel better.

if people treated themselves with respect and developed healthy habits, they would not feel much need for prescription pills to make them feel better.

 
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