Loosing someone is always an immense emotional turmoil. The first question posed by relatives is often:
- What was the cause of death?
Death sentence not by hanging but by prescription pills.
Dying from tablets is rarely what comes to mind. Deaths by prescription medicine are not always reported or are even often ignored. From 2003 to 2009, the death rate for prescription pills increased 84.2%, from 7.3 to 13.4 per 100,000 populations. In 2008, in the US, rising expenditures for prescription drugs spending was $234.1 billion
The greatest increase in death rate was observed for the prescription drugs:
- Oxycodone with 264.6%.
- Alprazolam with 233.8%.
- Methadone with 79.2%.
- Hydrocodone with 34.9%.
- Morphine with 26.2%.
Incredible the increase in prescription pills has accelerated.
Drug overdose death rates in the US have more than tripled since 1990. In 2007 unintentional poisonings were the second leading cause of injury death. Approximately 93% of all unintentional poisoning deaths were caused by drug poisoning; also known as drug overdose. In 2009, a total of 31,758 people died from unintentional poisoning. More than 60,000 young children are seen in emergency departments each year.
- About one-third of death occurs due to a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs.
- Almost another third are due to a combination of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
Leading type of pills used in accidental suicide deaths:
- Opioids: these drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008; more than cocaine and heroin combined. In 2010, more than 2 million people reported using prescription painkillers.
- Antidepressant class like diazepam, and fluoxetine.
However, autopsy requirements have declined since 1971, to allow hospitals to get their accreditation. So, nobody really knows what the precise cause of death was.
In a review of 1,000 autopsies performed between 1983 and 1988, inconsistencies between autopsy findings and clinical diagnosis have been noted in 32 percent of cases. Multiple pills use was noted in death certificates.
How can commonly prescribed drugs be associated with fatal adverse reactions?
A public concern: Are adverse cardiovascular events such as stroke, myocardial infarction, and sudden death related to prescribe pills?
- Young male taking several medications, including cephalexin, trimethoprimsulfamethoxazole, phenylbutazone, and an unknown antihistamine, for approximately two months died from Hypersensitivity myocarditis. This specific medical condition is rarely recognized clinically.
- Azithromycin, commonly known as Z-Pak: Some doctors have suggested that azithromycin may cause irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmias, which in some people can lead to death.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs as well as new generation anti-inflammatory medicines or COX-2 inhibitors like naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, etoricoxib, rofecoxib and lumiracoxib with other drugs or placebos may raise cardiovascular disorders and death.
- Diuretics, commonly called water pills, are a class of prescription medications that are used to treat high blood pressure, heart disease and certain kinds of kidney or liver disease increase death.
- Inhaled anticholinergic COPD medication increases the risk of cardiac disorders and death.
- ADHD medications have been associated with potential increased risk of heart attack or myocardial infarction, sudden cardiac death, or stroke.
- Multaq known as dronedarone increases risk of death and serious cardiovascular adverse events.
- Thiazolidinedione’s class: Actos known also as pioglitazone hydrochloride for type II diabetes increase cardiovascular events, bladder cancer and so on.
The pharmaceutical industry is hiding behind governmental policies and politics. Trained conventional doctors prescribed and sell these deadly products; Patients become unwilling Guinea pigs.
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