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Just saying…. By Karen Hall

Just saying…..

As I was sitting one night in front of the TV a commercial came on about people dealing with depression. The commercial was an advertisement about a medication called Lexapro. They began to rattle off the side effects of the medication which are; coma, confusion, convulsions, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breathe, just to name a few….

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I have another remedy named Jesus. The side effects for knowing Jesus is love, happiness, peace, tranquility, savior, healer, provider, just to name a few….

Just saying….

Every year there are over 20,000 Americans who die from prescription medications. Prescription medications can be addictive. God loves you and he wants to make you whole. God’s word is medicine to our spirit, soul, and body.

Just saying….

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BY: KAREN HALL

Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States: Fact Sheet

Overview

Deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.  Every day in the United States, 120 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments (ED) for the misuse or abuse of drugs. Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.

The Problem

  • Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2012. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • The drug overdose death rate has more than doubled from 1999 through 2013.
  • In 2013, 35,663 (81.1%) of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional, 5,432 (12.4%) were of suicidal intent, and 2,801 (0.06%) were of undetermined intent.
  • In 2011, drug misuse and abuse caused about 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits. Of these, more than 1.4 million ED visits were related to pharmaceuticals.
  • Between 2004 and 2005, an estimated 71,000 children (18 or younger) were seen in EDs each year because of medication overdose (excluding self-harm, abuse and recreational drug use).
  • Among children under age 6, pharmaceuticals account for about 40% of all exposures reported to poison centers.

Most Common Drugs Involved in Overdoses

  • In 2013, of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 22,767 (51.8%) were related to pharmaceuticals.
  • Of the 22,767 deaths relating to pharmaceutical overdose in 2013, 16,235 (71.3%) involved opioid analgesics (also called opioid pain relievers or prescription painkillers), and 6,973 (30.6%) involved benzodiazepines. (Some deaths include more than one type of drug.)
  • In 2011, about 1.4 million ED visits involved the nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals. Among those ED visits, 501,207 visits were related to anti-anxiety and insomnia medications, and 420,040 visits were related to opioid analgesics.
  • Benzodiazepines are frequently found among people treated in EDs for misusing or abusing drugs. People who died of drug overdoses often had a combination of benzodiazepines and opioid analgesics in their bodies.[1]

***Benzodiazepines are used for anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, panic attacks, and depression among other things.***

 

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/overdose/facts.html Accessed January 24, 2015.

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