Prescription drug errors in recent years have drastically increased death rate

Posted Tuesday, February 06, 2007 by Ed Harper

During the years 1999 – 2002, death rates from narcotic pain killing poisonings have shot up more than 91% according to the Center for Disease Control in a national study. In Washington State, unintended drug poisonings account for 650 deaths a year, according to state health officials. Thus the annual death rate of unintended deaths from "legal" drug poisonings now account for more deaths than deaths occurring in motor vehicle collisions. Additionally, officials are finding legal opiates are killing more than illegal substances, such as heroin. Physicians should take note of the increasing error rate and overdose potential. The effectiveness of these medications should be balanced by the addictive characteristics and the dangerous consequences of misusing these drugs. Please visit to read the article.

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