New Report: More Deaths Caused By Prescription Drugs Than By Car Accidents
They say that numbers don’t lie. So when statistics clearly show that for the first time ever in the U.S.A. prescription drugs have killed more people than car accidents, even the CDC is forced to face the sad truth.
The numbers reported just a couple of days ago by ABC News, are based on the over 37,000 people who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2009, surpassing car accident deaths by 1,200 victims.
In an interview conducted by the network, Dr. Leonard Paulozzi from the CDC pointed out that prescription drugs – and not illegal drugs – are to be blamed. He explained that:
“There has been a dramatic increase in use of prescription drugs as physicians have become more liberal in prescribing them. And with the decrease in the motor vehicle crash mortality rate, drug-induced deaths have now passed motor vehicle crash deaths.” 1
He also clarified that most of the deaths were caused by accidental opioid painkiller overdoses. Indeed, opioid overdoses can be blamed for sending almost 306,000 patients to a hospital emergency room. That’s more than double the ER visits in 2004, according to a recent CDC study.2
The Real Problem
It is becoming more and more evident that the quick-fix band-aid take-this-pill-and-go-home approach to medicine does not work. Whether opiates for pain or medications to treat symptoms of chronic health problems, prescription drugs have undesirable side effects. The question is, who will be the one that gets to pay the consequences… who will be the next statistic.
So the real problem is not that doctors are prescribing too many drugs. The problem goes much deeper than that; it’s the way in which medicine treats the diseases – whether physical or mental.
You see, when the underlying cause of a condition is not addressed, drugs only mask the symptoms, all the while their side effects keep piling up, causing yet more damage. Because unfortunately, the…
Long-Term Consequences of Drugs are Often Unknown!
Take for example bisphosphonates, the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis drugs such as Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, and Reclast – to name a few. Besides their long list of side effects that might happen soon after starting the treatment, it is only recently that new and more dangerous long-term side effects have been identified, such as an increased risk of esophageal cancer, atypical femur fractures, and kidney failure (the latter from the Reclast IV).
And these newfound side effects not only surprised the unsuspecting patients, they also surprised the scientific world. Indeed, drug pioneers often end up as drug guinea pigs! But I’m not here to criticize medicine. I’m here to show you the way to…
The Drug-Free Osteoporosis Solution
In spite of the unfortunate number of prescription drug victims, there is a silver lining here. Because these statistics show that now, more than ever, it makes sense to seek an alternative therapy, and that includes of course, an osteoporosis therapy that tackles the real cause of bone loss.
So if you haven’t yet, I urge you to check out my free Natural Bone-Building Handbook. It will give you a lot of the information you need to make an intelligent decision about how you wish to conquer osteoporosis.
And if you haven’t already done so, and want to bring your bone health to the next level, get the Save Our Bones Program. It’s your best “insurance policy” against becoming yet one more osteoporosis prescription drug victim.
Stay naturally healthy!