According to the report handed out by CDC, painkiller drugs are killing more people than illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin, this is based on over dose cases. Overdose deaths cases are at the highest from people taking the medications just for there enjoyment. They actually found out that most of these people are buying the medicine not base on their medical needs. In 2010 there are estimated 12 million Americans over the age of 12 have admitted that they had taken painkiller drugs just to satisfy their addiction rather than use it to relieve any pain. Although majority of the drugs are prescribe for treatment purposes, the end up in the wrong hands, through sharing.
Study shows that men are more vulnerable to die from too many painkillers intake than women, most of the victims are middle aged adult, they have the highest rate when it comes to age, and shockingly those who live in the country side area are mostly impacted compare to those people living in cities. It’s alarming to know that people are dying just because of prescriptive medication which supposed to protect us but because of abuse and perhaps the component of these medicines, they are labeled to be a real killer not just of pain but also life.
The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, according to researchers at McGill University. In a first-of-its-kind review of existing research, the McGill team has put the spotlight on a major public health problem: the dramatic increase in deaths due to prescribed painkillers, which were involved in more than 16,000 deaths in 2010 in the U.S. alone. Currently, the US and Canada rank #1 and #2 in per capita opioid consumption.
“Prescription painkiller overdoses have received a lot of attention in editorials and the popular press, but we wanted to find out what solid evidence is out there,” says Nicholas King, of the Biomedical Ethics Unit in the Faculty of Medicine. In an effort to identify and summarize available evidence, King and his team conducted a systematic review of existing literature, comprehensively surveying the scientific literature and …
I think FDA should try to review the components of these medicines, people are dying, though not directly through a proper intake of the pain killer but the government should regulate the medicine and strengthen the measures to prevent these sad events from happening.
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