Update: this statistic remains true in 2016 as again featured in this MedScape article from May 3, 2016 Medical Error Is Third Leading Cause of Death in US and NPR covers it here. This is the original source: BMJ
And in these statistics lie the many thousands of folks suffering from disabilities brought on by psych meds. The denial continues nonetheless…
WHAT is the third leading cause of death in the developed world? Given that cancer and heart disease top the list, you might hazard a guess at diabetes, stroke or car accidents. You’d be wrong. The answer is “iatrogenic” deaths – those caused by medical errors, adverse drug reactions or hospital-acquired infections.
For all modern medicine’s ability to alleviate suffering and prevent premature deaths, it also causes plenty of both. Many medical interventions turn out to have unintended and negative consequences that often emerge as a result of research into better treatments. While many are obvious, we are now starting to uncover more insidious effects. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE
Ah, yes…many of the readers of this blog know this only too well. When these treatments don’t cause death they often cause disability. We have been harmed. I have been harmed. And yet, we are largely considered hysterical hypochondriacs who are mentally ill. Protracted withdrawal issues from psychiatric drugs that cause severe disability are widely denied and we’re left to fend for ourselves and each other.
Let us share this news in any way we know how with anyone who might listen that the carnage might stop.
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