Well ok, maybe a bit over the top but check out this article:
Opioids (aka narcotics) are WAY over prescribed. So much so that 16,000 people died of overdoses in 2012. That’s more than died from homocides! It’s half as many as all firearm deaths. I often pull out my prescription pad and tell people it’s more powerful than a gun and it is.
It’s just crazy how often I see this in the hospital. Some little old lady has seen 5 different doctors and is on methadone for chronic pain, Soma (carisoprodol ) for muscle spasms, Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety and Ambien (zolpidem) for insomnia! Then I’m asked why she has AMS (altered mental status). DUH!
Accidental Polypharmacy Overdose is now one of my most used admitting diagnoses.
Is your mother, brother, sister or aunt getting overdosed by the medical system? Get them to stop before they die!