Doctors Are Not Health Experts
According to several studies, including those done by the CDC and many others reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, prescription drugs are one of the leading killers in the United States.
It’s a little hard to get a handle on just how many accidental deaths are caused by prescription drugs because the most reliable sources never combine into one study all of the ways prescription drugs kill people.
For example, in April 2008 the CDC testified to congress that 22,400 people died by unintentional prescription drug overdoses in 2005, and that exceeded murder by about 5,000 deaths.
But as high as 22,400 deaths sounds, it doesn’t include the number of deaths caused by adverse reactions from prescription drugs.
One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association puts that number at 106,000 deaths per year. The same study reports that more than two million people are hospitalized each year because of unexpected reactions to drugs prescribed by doctors.
If you add the 22,400 deaths from accidental overdoses to the 106,000 people who die from adverse reactions to prescription drugs, the total is 128,400 accidental deaths a year from prescription drugs. But, this 128,400 still doesn’t include tens of thousands more that die in American hospitals from errors made by doctors and nurses giving the wrong drug to patients.
However, using the 128,400 estimated deaths reported by these studies, the number of Americans killed accidentally by prescription drugs is more than three times the number of people killed in automobile accidents each year, 25 times the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq since the beginning of the war, 43 times the number of Americans that died on 9/11, and it keeps on happening every year.
For obvious reasons, including doctors’ professional extrasize reputations and increased costs of liability insurance, it’s widely accepted that doctors don’t report all the deaths caused by prescription drugs. Many experts conclude the number of deaths caused by prescription drugs is likely to be more than twice as high as reported. That would put the number of accidental deaths caused by prescription drugs at more than 250,000 deaths per year.
The reason for the huge number of deaths is that a large number of prescription drugs are poisons designed to block the body’s ability to cause a symptom by interfering with the normal biological functions of the body.
A few tiny prescription pills can knock you stone dead, and that’s exactly what these pills do to hundreds of unsuspecting Americans every single day.
When your doctor hands you a prescription, does he ever mention that you were gambling with your life when you swallowed the pills he prescribes?
On top of the 128,400 reported deaths caused each year by prescription drugs shortly after the drugs are taken, are the slow deaths and diseases experienced by millions more Americans caused by taking Symptom Masking Maintenance Drugs for long periods of time.