Preventable Medical Mistakes: The Cold, Hard Facts About Prescription Drug Deaths in the US

Posted on March 17, 2012 | In Educational

Written by Becki Andrus

I recently read an article in the LA Times that talked about the increasing rates of prescription drug related deaths in the United States… the article suggested that a person is more likely die from prescription drugs than the chances of dying in a car accident!

According to the article, there were 37,485 people killed by prescription drugs in 2009. If you do the math on that number, it means that a death occurs every 14 minutes in the United States because of prescription drugs.

As I was thinking about these statistics, I became more curious about other deaths that were caused by medical mistakes, and found another report that suggests
that 200,000 deaths occur each year as a result of preventable medical mistakes. This means that a death as a result of medical mistakes occurs every 2.6 minutes in the United States.

That is a lot of people! My heart goes out to those people, and their families, because they were trying to do something to fix a medical problem or improve their health in some way. They were making medical decisions based on the information that they had, and moved forward with the best plan that their doctor told them about.

To take things to the next level, consider how many people are suffering as a result of side-effects of medications, or they are impaired because of medical mistakes.  I’m not sure if there is even a way to quantify that number, because there are sooooo many people who depend on medications on a regular basis… and I don’t think that drug side-effect numbers are tracked in the general population.

In contrast, compare a few statistics about using essential oils:

  • When used correctly, high quality essential oils have absolutely NO side effects
  • There have been ZERO reported deaths as a result of supplements, vitamins, or herbal supplements

Comparing this information makes me even more passionate about sharing the wonderful message about natural healing with as many people as possible! I wonder how many lives could be touched, and medical mistakes could be avoided if more people used natural healing options such as essential oils and herbal remedies.

Now, I recognize that we are human, and everyone makes mistakes– doctors included. And I also recognize that we are blessed to live in a time when we have access to the drugs and medical treatments that technology and science affords us.

I am not anti-medication or anti-doctor by any means, because there is a time and a place for everything. But, I have personally taken the approach of using natural remedies as my first treatment, and then turning to the doctor if additional help is needed. This approach has served me (and my family) well, and the majority of the time we have no need for a visit to the doctor. I am truely grateful for the blessing it is to understand how to use natural plant remedies to support our health!

With love,

Becki :)

P.S. I hope to reach out to as many people as possible to help them become more empowered in taking control of their own health. If you know of someone who could benefit from natural remedies, please take a moment to share these statistics with them– to help others understand the implications of relying on the potential fatal side-effects of unneeded prescription medications.

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linda April 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

There have been deaths with supplements and herbal remedies but most if not all relate to the users taking huge amounts of vitamin or supplements for long periods which results in toxicity sickness and or death. However, lack of communication, contraindications with food or other medicines, various side effects, are a real and present problem–It gets worse when they mix medicine with alcohol or other drugs, or do other things to hurt themselves. I think both sides of the issues should be discussed.

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