Study Finds Prescription Drug Abuse Has Become an Epidemic in U.S.

According to a report from Voice of America (VOA), prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the United States.  According to officials, more than 36,000 Americans died in the year 2008 as a result of prescription drug overdoses. This is close to how many also died as a result of a fatal car crash.  Of those who died from overdoses, more than half of them involved prescriptions which require a doctor’s approval. Additionally, the majority of them were opioid painkillers such as:

  • OxyContin;
  • Vicodin;
  • Hydrocodone; and
  • Morphine.

The age range with the highest number of deaths was those between the ages of 45 and 54. Some medical experts believe that many of the patients who are taking prescription medications for pain could relieve their symptoms by making lifestyle changes such as losing weight and exercising.  Those who do suffer from painful medical conditions might benefit more by undergoing physical therapy or other alternative means of treatment.  The abuse of prescription drugs continues to be an increasing problem. If you believe that medical negligence played a role in your injuries and caused a medication error, you may be entitled to compensation. Seek help from a New York medication error lawyer about your case.

Contacting a New York Medication Error Lawyer

When you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one because of a medication error you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a New York medication error lawyer can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing a medication error claim is right for you. At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of medication error lawyers that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your medication error claim, contact us today – 1-800-246-4878.

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