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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26 Comments on "Prescription Drug Use Now Kills More People Than Traffic Accidents"

  1. this is no accident? 😉

  2. this is no accident? 😉

  3. would people die faster without them?

  4. would people die faster without them?

  5. Lost one today, in fact.

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

  6. Lost one today, in fact.

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

  7. Stupid fucking War On Drugs !

  8. jasonpaulhayes | Sep 20, 2011 at 12:10 am |

    Stupid fucking War On Drugs !

  9. Anonymous | Sep 20, 2011 at 4:36 am |

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

  10. senseworld | Sep 20, 2011 at 12:36 am |

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

  11. Itsalltaonow | Sep 20, 2011 at 4:54 am |

    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….

  12. Itsalltaonow | Sep 20, 2011 at 12:54 am |

    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….

  13. Anonymous | Sep 20, 2011 at 5:08 am |

    Perhaps you meant to be reading a different site?

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  14. Retired Med School Prof | Sep 20, 2011 at 5:31 am |

    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.

  15. Retired Med School Prof | Sep 20, 2011 at 1:31 am |

    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.

  16. Drug free | Sep 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm |

    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.

  17. Drug free | Sep 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm |

    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.

  18. Drug free | Sep 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm |

    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.

  19. Drug free | Sep 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm |

    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.

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

  21. Anonymous | Sep 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm |

    I think that drug is very dangerous for Life and reason for many accident.
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  22. Khansultans | Sep 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm |

    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…

  23. Khansultans | Sep 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm |

    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…

  24. 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

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