Thursday, October 13, 2005

Prescription Drugs More Deadly Than Terrorism

Since 2001, 490,000 people in the United States have died from prescription drugs. In the same time period, only 2,996 people in the U.S. have died from terrorism, all in the 9/11 attacks.

The reported prescription drug deaths were a result of medication mistakes. By comparison, this country spends about eight times more on deaths due to medical mistakes than we project to spend next year on Homeland Security.

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