“Tens of thousands of people are dying every year from drugs they took just as the doctor directed. This shows you how dangerous medications are.” -Melody Peterson, Our Daily Meds”
“Prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. That’s one person every five minutes. How did we get here?” – Daniela Perdomo, Alternet
Two sickening direct quotes from author of Blog Alternet Daniela Perdomo. She titles this very important blog”100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs, While Pharma Companies Get Rich.” I am in love with her courage to stand up to major conglomerates and speak truth. In this blog she interviews Melody Petersen, author of Our Daily Meds. Please take a few minutes to read this and take in the statistics. Really think about the fact that people are dying each year, in big numbers, from taking their medications as directed by a physician. (Read the blog post here)
“ Prescription Drugs are Leading Cause of Illness & Death; Medical Care Is Not Healthcare” -Richard Ruhling, MD “
“(Drug Overdose Deaths and Pharmaceutical Drugs, 2010) “In 2010, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths in the United States; most (22 134; 57.7%) involved pharmaceuticals; 9429 (24.6%) involved only unspecified drugs. Of the pharmaceutical-related overdose deaths, 16,451 (74.3%) were unintentional, 3780 (17.1%) were suicides, and 1868 (8.4%) were of undetermined intent. Opioids (16,651; 75.2%), benzodiazepines (6497; 29.4%), antidepressants (3889; 17.6%), and antiepileptic and antiparkinsonism drugs (1717; 7.8%) were the pharmaceuticals (alone or in combination with other drugs) most commonly involved in pharmaceutical overdose deaths. Among overdose deaths involving opioid analgesics, the pharmaceuticals most often also involved in these deaths were benzodiazepines (5017; 30.1%), antidepressants (2239; 13.4%), antiepileptic and antiparkinsonism drugs (1125; 6.8%), and antipsychotics and neuroleptics (783; 4.7%).”
Source: Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, Karin A. Mack, PhD, and Leonard J. Paulozzi, MD, “Pharmaceutical Overdose Deaths, United States, 2010,”
-Journal of the American Medical Association, February 20, 2013, Vol 309, No. 7, p. 658.
5 Things to talk to your doctor about after reading this post
- Possible drug interactions between prescription medications
- Any supplements and vitamins you are taking along with your prescriptions
- Ways to us TLC (therapeutic lifestyle changes like diet and exercise) to get off any unnecessary medications
- Dosages changes that need to me made with age, weight loss or weight gain
- Timing of taking medication with other medications, vitamins and supplements. For example calcium blocks the absorption of Zinc and should not be taken together.
Don’t be a morbidity stat! Choose to care about your heath before you are sick!
Those who think they have no time for Healthy Eating…. will sooner or later have to find time for illness.