700,000 people, mostly children, end up in ER every year for pharmaceutical
motor vehicle accidents, the second leading cause of injury death in the
US is drug-related poisoning, according to a new study published in The
American Journal of Emergency Medicine. The study indicates that nearly
700,000 people end up in emergency rooms (ER) every year from pharmaceutical
drug poisoning -- and most of these visits involve young children.
28,000 people die every year due to drug-related poisoning, and the highest
poisoning rates are among children under five years of age. Forty-three
percent of all these poisonings are caused by antidepressant drugs and common
painkillers, many of which are available without a prescription. And all
this death occurs under the watch of the US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Association
of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) are together participating in Poison Prevention
Week, an awareness campaign designed to warn the public about the poisons
that lurk in their homes -- which apparently is dominated primarily by pharmaceutical
to a recent press release, the groups are asking the US Congress to continue
funding the 57 poison control centers across the US that assist the public
with poison emergencies. The cost of funding these centers is more then
$29 million a year, which of course comes from taxpayers.
are abusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs, and it's a serious
and growing problem," said Dr. Sandra Schneider, president of ACEP.
"Very young children had the highest rate of unintentional drug poisoning,
which is a wake-up call for parents to make sure their medicines are out
the millions spent every year operating the poison control centers, the
costs associated with the hundreds of thousands of drug-related ER visits
is even more astronomical, topping $1.4 billion in 2007. Such a figure makes
sense to anyone who has ever been to the ER and actually seen the final
bill -- a single visit can literally cost thousands of dollars.
things up, the actually yearly cost of FDA-approved drugs to society is
almost 700,000 ER visits, 28,000 deaths, and roughly $1.5 billion. And the
FDA really could not care less, as the agency seems to spend most of its
time censoring the truth about medicinal foods and herbs, raiding family
farms, and targeting dietary supplements for elimination http://www.naturalnews.com/the_FDA.html.
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