Painkillers Can Be Deadly
According To The FDA
Every day, 60 people die from opioid pain medications. That’s 22,000 people every year.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, four out of the six most deadly prescription medications given to Americans are members of a class of powerful painkill ers known as opioids.
Like heroin, opioids are related to opium that comes from poppies, long known for its painkilling effects. Modern opioids, however, are up to 100 times more potent and are therefore relatively much more dangerous. Although all of these drugs, which include oxycodone (also known as OxiContin), fentanyl, morphine, and methadone, have legitimate medical uses, they also have all proven to be very deadly.
“Painkillers don’t kill pain. They kill people,” says Dr. Don Teater, National Safety Council medical advisor.
As powerful painkillers, these drugs are used to treat those suffering from great pain, including patients recovering from surgery and those with severe long-term pain, such as some cancer patients.
Opioids Are Often Overprescribed
However, opioids are often overprescribed by doctors, leading to patient addiction. Even if properly prescribed, accidental misuse of these drugs is common and can result in a deadly overdose.
The lifetime odds of you being killed by opioid usage is 1 in 109, which is right behind your chances of being killed in a motor vehicle accident which is 1 in 102 odds of it being the cause of death.
Overuse of or overdosing on any of these drugs can cause a respiratory arrest or respiratory depression, both of which can lead to your death. The drugs also have other side effects, which can get worse the longer their use is continued.
If you have used these opioids or someone you know has died or suffered some other bad outcome from using them, contact us. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit and be compensated for your loss. Remember there is never a charge to contact a lawyer with STREET LAW FIRM.