Category Archives: Iatrogenesis

Irrefutable Stats on Iatrogenic Deaths – thos who died because of their doctors’ prescriptions


Drug overdose deaths have been rising in the last two decades and have become the leading cause of accidental death in the US.
– Every day, in the US, 120 people die as a result of drug overdose.
– Another 6748 are treated in the ER for misuse of abuse of Rx drugs.
– Almost 5 people per hour died of Rx overdose in the US in 2011. (taken from UN report)
– Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are cause by Rx drugs.
– Accidental Rx drug deaths are up 400% in 20 years.
– In 2012, Rx drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death.
– Among people from the age of 25 to 64 years old, Rx drug overdose caused more deaths than     motor vehicle crashes.
– In 2013, 35,663 (81.7%) of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the US were Unintentional.
– The same year (above), 5,432 (12.4%) of deaths were of suicidal intent, and 2801 (0.06%) were of undetermined intent.
– In 2011, Rx drug misuse and abuse caused about 2.5 million ER visits.
– Of these (above), more than 1.4 ER visits were related to pharmaceuticals.

Most Common Drugs Involved in Overdoses

– In 2013, of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the US, 22,767 (51.8%) were related to pharmaceuticals.
– Of the 22,767 deaths to 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 included more than one type of drug.)
– In 2011, about 1.4 million ER department visits involved the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals.
– Among those ER 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 the ER for misusing and abusing drugs.
– People who died of drug overdoses, often had a combination of Benzodiazepines and Opioids in their bodies.
*The stats above are provided by the CDC Control & Prevention, and UN.

Global Drug Use, as reported by the UN:

– Global drug use was stable, but nearly 200,000 drug related deaths according to the latest world drug report from the UN office on Drugs and Crim (UNODC) June 2014.
– It has been estimated, globally, that in 2012, between 162 million and 325 million people corresponding to between 3.5% and 7.0% of the world population – aged 15-64 – had used an illicit drug.
– The substances used (above) belong to the Cannabis, Opioid, Cocaine, or Amphetamine type stimulant group – at least once in the previous year.
– The drug problem by regular drug users and those with drug use disorders or dependence, remains stable at between 16 million and 39 million people.
– It is estimated, globally, that there were 183,000 (range: 95,000 – 226,00) drug related deaths (mostly overdoses) in 2012, with Opioid overdose the largest category.
– Drug overdose was responsible for 41,340 deaths in the US in 2011.
– US overdose deaths have increased for 12 straight years.
– In 2011, and for the fourth year in a rose, the number of US citizens, whose death were drug related, exceeded the number of deaths in traffic accidents (33,561).

*Source: The UN Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) 2014 World Drug Report.