Prescription Drug Use Now Kills More People Than Traffic Accidents

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Via the Inquisitr:

In 1979 the U.S. Government began tracking drug-related deaths and for the first time those deaths have surpassed the number of traffic fatalities on an annual basis. The most recent statistics which were taken in 2009 shows that 37,485 people died in traffic related accidents while 36,284 people died from drug related activities in a one year period.

Surprisingly the main culprit of those deaths were not street illegal drugs but rather prescription options including Xanax, OxyContin and the main culprit Vicodin which killed more people than cocaine and heroin combined.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times a Santa Barbara sheriff said: “The problem is right here under our noses in our medicine cabinets.”

The study also revealed that traffic related fatalities have actually fallen by a third since the 1970s even as the number of drivers using American roadways continues to increase, while drug related deaths have doubled in the last decade. Deaths among the 50-year-old to 69-year-old crowd have been even worse, tripling during the same time period.

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  • Okarin

    this is no accident? ;-)

  • Okarin

    this is no accident? ;-)

  • iPINCH

    would people die faster without them?

  • iPINCH

    would people die faster without them?

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Lost one today, in fact.

    And 3 or 4 in the last few years, at least.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Lost one today, in fact.

    And 3 or 4 in the last few years, at least.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Stupid fucking War On Drugs !

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Stupid fucking War On Drugs !

  • senseworld

    37,485 > 36,284 > Prescription drug deaths = Headline False.

  • Anonymous

    37,485 > 36,284 > Prescription drug deaths = Headline False.

  • Itsalltaonow

    Your figures don’t back up your headline. Did anybody at disinfo even read this. Prescription drugs can and do kill.  But again your facts don’t match the headline. Please don’t give us more disinformation….

    • Redacted

      Perhaps you meant to be reading a different site?

      Those in the know trust http://tinyurl.com/3esc2kc

      • Whatever

        Yeah right… they can’t even spell on that site!

  • Itsalltaonow

    Your figures don’t back up your headline. Did anybody at disinfo even read this. Prescription drugs can and do kill.  But again your facts don’t match the headline. Please don’t give us more disinformation….

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps you meant to be reading a different site?

    Those in the know trust http://tinyurl.com/3esc2kc

  • Retired Med School Prof

    You seem to have forgotten that medical errors cause approximately 300,000+ deaths in hospitals in the U.S. per year of which half are medication errors so your claim it a bit of an underestimate I believe. Also, your statistics doesn’t include accidental poisonings and medical errors outside of hospitals.  If you add all of this up, its the second leading cause of death in the U.S.  Note that Daniel Levinson, the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services Issued his report on Thanksgiving (the slowest news day) so the media gave it little coverage and his methodology has been found to underestimate problem (see Utah + Agency for Health Policy Research study).   If you want a real laugh, read his letter to the Donald Bernick (Head of CMS) where they promise each other their going to stay the course of doing nothing about this problem.  By the way Levinson was a Bush appointment so how many hospitals has he prosecuted for quality fraud over his career?  If you guessed 0 your wrong.  He did go after Christ’s Hospital so that’s one.

  • Retired Med School Prof

    You seem to have forgotten that medical errors cause approximately 300,000+ deaths in hospitals in the U.S. per year of which half are medication errors so your claim it a bit of an underestimate I believe. Also, your statistics doesn’t include accidental poisonings and medical errors outside of hospitals.  If you add all of this up, its the second leading cause of death in the U.S.  Note that Daniel Levinson, the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services Issued his report on Thanksgiving (the slowest news day) so the media gave it little coverage and his methodology has been found to underestimate problem (see Utah + Agency for Health Policy Research study).   If you want a real laugh, read his letter to the Donald Bernick (Head of CMS) where they promise each other their going to stay the course of doing nothing about this problem.  By the way Levinson was a Bush appointment so how many hospitals has he prosecuted for quality fraud over his career?  If you guessed 0 your wrong.  He did go after Christ’s Hospital so that’s one.

  • Drug free

    I would almost believe it.  Doctors nowadays are more focused on “What Drug will fix this persons diagnosis” and then out comes the prescription. If doctors spent more time with the patient and understanding the problems maybe there would be less prescription drug deaths.

  • Drug free

    I would almost believe it.  Doctors nowadays are more focused on “What Drug will fix this persons diagnosis” and then out comes the prescription. If doctors spent more time with the patient and understanding the problems maybe there would be less prescription drug deaths.

  • Drug free

    I would almost believe it.  Doctors nowadays are more focused on “What Drug will fix this persons diagnosis” and then out comes the prescription. If doctors spent more time with the patient and understanding the problems maybe there would be less prescription drug deaths.

  • Drug free

    I would almost believe it.  Doctors nowadays are more focused on “What Drug will fix this persons diagnosis” and then out comes the prescription. If doctors spent more time with the patient and understanding the problems maybe there would be less prescription drug deaths.

  • Whatever

    Yeah right… they can’t even spell on that site!

  • Anonymous

    I think that drug is very dangerous for Life and reason for many accident.
     http://www.gamesforum.com/members/quasra.html

  • Khansultans

    But what about the drug-related traffic deaths or the drug-trafficking deaths?

    By the way, is this evidence against legalizing drugs or are illegal drug users more careful with their consumption?

    I don’t know, who cares? Let them die if they want to…

  • Khansultans

    But what about the drug-related traffic deaths or the drug-trafficking deaths?

    By the way, is this evidence against legalizing drugs or are illegal drug users more careful with their consumption?

    I don’t know, who cares? Let them die if they want to…

  • http://www.Methamphetamine-Abuse.com Methamphetamine-Abuse

    The problem isn’t just limited to high profile celebrities, many of whom have died withprescription drugs in their systems, including Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy and Anna Nicole Smith, to name a few