Painkillers Can Be Deadly
According To The FDA
Every day, 60 people die from opioid painkillers. That’s 22,000 people every year.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, four out of the six most deadly prescription painkillers given to Americans are powerful painkillers known as opioids.
Similarly, 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. Certainly, all of these drugs including oxycodone (aka oxycontin), fentanyl, morphine, and methadone, have legitimate medical uses. Yet each and every one has all proven to be very deadly.
“Painkillers don’t kill the pain. They kill people.” says Dr. Don Teater, National Safety Council medical advisor.
First of all, as powerful painkillers, these drugs are used to treat those suffering in great pain. Including patients recovering from surgery and those with severe long-term pain, and furthermore, such as some cancer patients.
Opioids Are Often Overprescribed
However, opioids are often overprescribed by doctors, leading to patient addiction to the opioids. Even if properly prescribed, accidental misuse of these drugs is common and can, as a result, end in a deadly overdose.
The lifetime odds of being killed by opioid usage is 1 in 109. Right behind the 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 death. Finally, these drugs likewise have other side effects. Side effects which can get even more harmful and exponentially worse as the longer the painkillers are used.
If you have encountered harm by using 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.