Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In fact, more Americans die of drug overdoses than in car accidents each year. Researchers took into side effects and death rates tracked by the federal government, as well as potential risk of drug combinations measured by medical information organizations and web sources such as MedScape, WebMD, and the American Medical Association.
To me the mortality rate, or lethality of a substance, is a pretty solid marker for danger. While I often hear heroin or methamphetamine suggested, an article I recently came across suggests that some of the most dangerous drugs are ones you are probably very familiar with and likely have in your home.
However, they are not likely the drugs you might have guessed are the most dangerous Here are some of the specifics from this article : 1. Prescription Painkillers. While Cigarettes, Alcohol and Prescription Pain medications are all addictive and dangerous, they are all currently legal.
Their heightened lethality and the problems associated with them could simply be a result of the increased access that their legality affords. You can buy cigarettes or alcohol at almost any corner in the U. This article also discussed a separate article which I have seen before.
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I found this second article eyeopening, included it in a substance abuse lecture I gave to medical students, and ly discussed it here. The article was published in the Lancet and provides a nice graph which clearly ranks and differentiates the harm of different drugs both to users and the harm caused to others.
It supports the premise that alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs. However, it ranks tobacco after several other substances including heroin and stimulants like amphetamines and cocaine. This data also provides a little perspective as to the harm of marijuana, which is currently a topic of much debate in the media.
Would heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD and other illegal substances be more lethal if they were legalized and became more accessible? I plan take a deep look into this research. Do countries that have programs like needle sharing, more access to rehabilitation or residential recovery have less deaths and crime associated with drug use? I think these are questions worth asking.
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The Most Dangerous Drugs in the U. Author Matthew Goldenberg, D. Matthew Goldenberg D. He is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders and is an addiction specialist for adults in his private practice in Santa Monica, California. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Goldenberg is an active author, researcher and invited speaker at local and national conferences.
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