Prescription drug death epidemic continues: Can Big Pharma be stopped?
by: J. D. Heyes
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Death by prescription drug continues to be a major health problem in the United States, as Big Pharma remains influential and dominant in traditional medical practice. But a noted neurosurgeon and contributing CNN health expert may represent the first chink in Big Pharma’s formidable armor, according to a recently published commentary he authored, in which he discussed the scope of the problem.
“It’s the biggest man-made epidemic in the United States. That’s how a doctor in Washington state described it to me as we sat outside the state Capitol in Olympia,” wrote Dr. Sanjay Gupta, in paraphrasing a discussion he had with Gary Franklin, medical director for Washington state’s Department of Labor and Industries.
Franklin was lamenting a litany of “terrifying” cases where scores of innocent patients were killed by the very medications they had been prescribed, a worsening situation that had become “the saddest thing he had ever seen.”
Alcohol + pain medications = Accidental overdose