The Vancouver Sun has an interesting article on side effects of drugs being the cause of 12% of ER hospital visits.
I don’t doubt it’s just as high or higher in the US.
Most notable from the article:
Central nervous system medications such as opioid painkillers, antipsychotics for those with mental health issues, sleeping pills, and antidepressants were the types of drugs most likely to cause problems. (emphasis mine)
The 11 international authors of the study said patients with medication-related complaints are more likely to be admitted to hospital beds after they’ve been seen in the ER and occupy those beds far longer than others, a result the authors described as “striking.”
And doctors still don’t wake up to there being a serious problem with these meds!