Drugs — when taken as prescribed — kill more than 106,000 Americans each year, and the death toll from overdosing on painkillers is now greater than both car accidents and death from illegal drug use.
As noted in a recent New York Times article, “drug overdoses are driving up the death rate of young white adults in the United States to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago.”
Between 1999 and 2014, the rate of drug overdose deaths for Caucasians between the ages of 25 and 34 rose by 500 percent. The overdose rate for 35 to 44-year olds tripled.
And while these rates include both illegal and prescription drugs, the latter FAR exceed the former. It’s a sad fact that the cornerstone of modern medicine — drugs — is also a major killer of patients.