Over 157 health care facilities including hospitals, clinics and so on are listed in the Washington DC metropolitan area for an estimated population of 600,000. All these facilities are dedicated to ensure better health for residents.
Then, why so many people are not convinced that this important number of services may increase their well-being!
It seems that accidental medical events, related to the misuse of medications, may be more detrimental to people: adding extra cost to the health care system.
The most common reasons cited in visits to emergency departments are
- Dangerous drug reactions.
- Side effects to pills.
- Non-adherence to given treatment.
- The wrong or suboptimal use of pills.
According to Dr. Corinne Hohl.
- “We know that these events are hard for physicians to recognize, and that nearly 70 percent of these incidents are preventable.”
Despite an excessive accessibility of expertise and ongoing treatments, we are observing and tracing an increase in health troubles stemming from different medications.
Harmful drug reactions or side effects to pills.
Who to trust?
Previous reports have suggested that half of the estimated 100 million antibiotic prescriptions written in the community setting each year for respiratory tract infections may be unnecessary.
A study published by Clinical Infectious Diseases shows that toxic outcome from antibiotics trigger over 142,000 emergency department visits per year in the United States alone.
Hospital emergency departments treat over 210,000 patients each year for adverse drug events.
Most commonly prescribed antibiotics for urinary tract infections.
Treat community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other bacterial infectionsfrom the ears, bronchitis, traveler’s diarrhea, and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.
Its toxic effects can trigger:
- Kidney and or liver disease
- Certain blood disorders such as porphyria
- Anemia due to folate vitamin deficiency
- Severe allergies like asthma
- A decrease in bone marrow function
- Certain metabolic disorders like premature destruction of red blood cells or hemolytic anemia.
According to data presented at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. 22-25, 2011, acetaminophen and non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory tablets were associated with a significantly increased risk for developing renal cell carcinoma.
This is only a few of these pills. Consequently you should ask the tough questions to you medical provider, Can your medicines hurt?
Poisonous drug reaction. Who is at risk?
The prevalence of such occurrence is more endemic than we are led to believe.
- Folks who “believe” that pills can cure all their problems and demand indefinitely every tablets advertised on TV.
- Elderly people being prescribed multiple medicines and taking over-the-counter tablets like NSAID with warfarin.
- Children: mother grabbing over-the-counter flu drugs for their kids.
- Study published in medical journal on October 26, 2011, demonstrates that young women taking certain oral contraceptive pills, are more likely to suffer from serious blood clots.
- Another report, issued in October, shows that women given anti-depressants, prior or during pregnancy, may influence the brain and behavioral development of the fetus.
- Other papers have supported previous studies: children of mothers who took SSRI’s during the year prior to giving birth, ran twice the normal risk of developing autism and other growth-related disorders.
“Be in charge of your well-being”.