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Re: drug-induced mortality

Posted by Tabitha on July 26, 2016, at 15:14:29

In reply to Re: Number of deaths by psychiatric medication Lou PIlder, posted by Tabitha on July 25, 2016, at 11:50:53

> In fact, there is no class of medications listed as a leading cause of death. It is all illnesses, accidents, and suicide.
> This is data from 2014:
> ... All causes 2,626,418 100.0 823.7
> 1 Diseases of heart (I00-I09,I11,I13,I20-I51) 614,348 23.4 192.7
> 2 Malignant neoplasms (C00-C97) 591,699 22.5 185.6
> 3 Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47) 147,101 5.6 46.1
> 4 Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01-X59,Y85-Y86) 136,053 5.2 42.7
> ...
> 15 Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids (J69) 18,792 0.7 5.9

Just looked into this some more-- I mis-interpreted the above data. The category #4, Accidents, includes drug-induced deaths. I thought it meant traumatic injury such as car accidents.

So for 2013, there were in fact 46,000 drug-induced deaths in the U.S. total (legal, illegal, abuse and as-prescribed). I can't find a specific breakout of those categories, but I would speculate that opioid pain-killers are the #1 killer among Rx drugs. However, it's still clear that a claim that 200,000 or 500,000 deaths occur is exaggerated.

Lou also posted that some people say 40,000, which is in the ballpark of 46,000. But in this context, people are discussing as-prescribed use of certain medications (psych meds), so it's inaccurate and unnecessarily alarming to cite death numbers that include all types of drugs and all types of usage.


From :

"In 2013, a total of 46,471 persons died of drug-induced causes
in the United States (Tables 10, 12, and 13). This category includes
deaths from poisoning and medical conditions caused by use of
legal or illegal drugs, as well as deaths from poisoning due to
medically prescribed and other drugs. It excludes unintentional
injuries, homicides, and other causes indirectly related to drug use,
as well as newborn deaths due to the mothers drug use. (For a list
of drug-induced causes, see Technical Notes; also see the discussion
of poisoning mortality that uses the more narrow definition of
poisoning as an injury in the preceding Injury mortality by mechanism
and intent section.)"




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