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3,000 dead in the past three years from drug reactions

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7161196.stm

However this would be from prescription medicines, not illegal substances...and these are the ones we know about; there is apparently strong evidence that a large number of adverse reaction cases are never reported to the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare regulatory authority).

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    there is apparently strong evidence that a large number of adverse reaction cases are never reported to the MHRA

    or never found... most things at autopsy would not normally be tested for unless there is reason to run a test. and as most blood taken from a body at a standard autopsy is taken from the chest cavity many drugs can escape being found.

    pretty much anything you take is going to react at some level with something else, its just a matter of how badly.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    There is of course good reason to give more and better advice to people taking prescription drugs and try and cut down on their abuse. But when you compare the 3,000 figure with the number of people using prescription drugs and having their lives saved by them its quite small.
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