25 Most Dangerous Drugs – 24/7 Wall St.

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In the 12 months ending April 2021about 100,306 Americans died of an accidental drug overdose, the highest ever reported in a 12-month period and more than double the annual number of car accidents and gun deaths combined.

These data, published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlight the effects of the pandemic on the well-being of the population, as well as the worsening of the current opioid crisis. This includes the growing presence of dangerous synthetic opioids, including the powerful painkiller Fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Between 2013 and 2019, deaths from synthetic opioids increased twelvefold in the United States. These are the counties with the worst drug problem in every state.

While street-produced synthetic opioids and other illicit drugs have certainly fueled the increase in accidental overdose deaths, they are not the only dangerous drugs. Many other medications, including some seemingly harmless over-the-counter medications, can be dangerous.

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the USA. More Americans die from drug overdoses than car crashes, which are also often the result of substance use — nearly half of fatal car crashes involve alcohol or other substances.

To better understand the likelihood of Americans dying from the use of a specific drug, it is also important to better understand the drug itself – its purpose, properties, interactions with other drugs and alcohol, and its frequency of use.

The vast majority of people who drink alcohol in the United States — more than half of Americans — do so responsibly. Millions of people also use painkillers every day and do not deviate from the prescribed dosage. And while prescription opioid overdoses are a major driver of the opioid epidemic, opioids are essential for many Americans who depend on them to function.

The double-edged sword of risks and benefits of prescribing opioids is common to many other medications as well. About half of all people in the United States regularly use at least one prescription drug.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed 25 of the most dangerous drugs and drug combinations based on side effects and death rates tracked by the federal government, as well as the potential risk of drug combinations according to sources such as MedScape, WebMD and the American Medical Association. These substances include well-known controlled drugs, infamous illicit drugs produced under unsafe conditions, and deadly combinations of otherwise safe drugs. Many of these drugs, when taken alone and under the right conditions, are generally considered safe. They are only seriously lethal when improperly combined with other drugs or taken in large amounts.

However, no drug is perfectly safe, and some widely prescribed and popular over-the-counter drugs are more likely to pose a risk to more Americans than rare drugs with a higher rate of dangerous side effects simply because they are more accessible. Some of the drugs on this list are a broad class of drugs with similar effects and risks, such as NSAIDs and blood thinners, while others are a single formula. Opioids aren’t the only known effective treatment for pain, doctors say. Here is a list of nine doctor-approved non-opioid treatments.

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