Prescription Drugs Kill 6200% More Americans than Homicidal Shootings
And how many of the homicidal shooters were also on drugs? We don’t hear much about this in the mainstream news, do we? Where are our priorities?
“In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado Batman movie theater shooting, President Obama chimed in on the gun control debate yesterday, saying, “Every day, the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater. For every Columbine or Virginia Tech, there are dozens gunned down on the streets of Chicago or Atlanta… http://www.washingtontimes.com/…/25/obama-calls-measures-…/
…According to the report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith, the medical establishment kills 783,936 people in the United States every year.”
What he didn’t say, however, is that every day 290 people are killed by FDA-approved prescription drugs, and that’s the conservative number published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.”
As no one seems to believe these numbers are real, I’ll quote the source: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000, authored by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
That study, which is twelve years old — and drug deaths have risen considerably since then — documents 106,000 deaths per year from the “adverse effects” of FDA-approved prescription medications.
To reach this number from outbreaks of violent shootings, you’d have to see an Aurora Colorado Batman movie massacre take place every HOUR of every day, 365 days a year.”
“•In a June 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, study authors said that in looking over records that spanned from 1976 to 2006 (the most recent year available) they found that, of 62 million death certificates, almost a quarter-million deaths were coded as having occurred in a hospital setting due to medication errors.
•An estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S. every year.
•The costs of adverse drug reactions to society are more than $136 billion annually — greater than the total cost of cardiovascular or diabetic care.
•Adverse drug reactions cause injuries or death in 1 of 5 hospital patients.
•The reason there are so many adverse drug events in the U.S. is because so many drugs are used and prescribed – and many patients receive multiple prescriptions at varying strengths, some of which may counteract each other or cause more severe reactions when
“And since as little as one percent of drug-induced injuries and deaths are even reported in the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) adverse event tracking system, the actual number of drug deaths is likely far higher than what has been publicly released. Based on 2008 data from an Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), estimates suggest that as many as half a million Americans die every year from taking pharmaceutical drugs combined.”
“•42% of people believed they had personally experienced a medical mistake (NPSF survey)
•44,000 to 98,000 deaths annually from medical errors (Institute of Medicine)
•225,000 deaths annually from medical errors including 106,000 deaths due to “nonerror adverse events of medications” (Starfield)
•180,000 deaths annually from medication errors and adverse reactions (Holland)
•20,000 annually to 88,000 deaths annually from nosocomial infections
•2.9 to 3.7 percent of hospitalizations leading to adverse medication reactions
•7,391 deaths resulted from medication errors (Institute of Medicine)
•2.4 to 3.6 percent of hospital admissions were due to (prescription) medication events (Australian study)