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Monday, July 28, 2008
Heath Ledger was the tip of the iceberg...
Wow. I mean, just WOW
Deaths from medication mistakes at home increased from 1,132 deaths in 1983 to 12,426 in 2004. Adjusted for population growth, that amounts to an increase of more than 700 percent during that time.
Too many drugs, too much pharmaceutical advertising, too much doctor shopping by patients, too much prescribing sleep aids and pain killers by physicians to enable people and keep them from facing their true pain (which they're already self medicating with alcohol), just too much....
The increase was steepest in death rates from mixing medicine with alcohol or street drugs at home; that death rate climbed from 0.04 per 100,000 people in 1983 to 1.29 per 100,000 people in 2004.
If you think illegal drugs are a problem - they're literally a loaded gun, and prescription and OTC drugs are the bullets.
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:29 PM  
1 Editorial Opinions:
  • At July 29, 2008, Blogger Dan said…

    From CNN's story:
    "Of those, more than 224,000 involved fatal medication errors, including overdoses and mixing prescription drugs with alcohol or street drugs."

    Do you know how many people died during the same time period from Cannabis overdoses? Zero, nada.

    That's right zero. Even with the so-called super-weed that's out there now exactly zero people have died from overdoses of Cannabis.

    The Science:
    At present it is estimated that cannabis's LD-50 (lethal dosage of 50% of test animals) is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much cannabis as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of cannabis within about 15 minutes to induce a lethal response.

    And why exactly is Cannabis illegal? My vote goes to the stupidity of the American public and it's elected representatives.

     
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