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OTC, Prescription Drugs Are Far More Dangerous, Addictive Than You Believe

Probably the most important thing you need to know about over-the-counter (OTC) drugs is that they are NO SAFER than those prescribed by a doctor. Case in point: If aspirin had been launched today, according to one medical expert, it wouldn't be sold as an OTC drug.

So it should come as no surprise to you, based on a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, that more people have visited a hospital's emergency room for abusing completely legal OTC and prescription drugs than cocaine or marijuana. By the numbers, based on emergency room-related visits in 2004:

  • Marijuana: 215,665
  • Cocaine: 383,350
  • OTC or prescription drugs: 495,732

Another interesting factoid: More than 2 million patients abused a painkiller -- think Oxycontin or Percocet -- for the first time in 2004. Consequently, the number of patients receiving treatment for abusing prescription drugs climbed 62 percent from 2001-04.

If you're having problems with pain, there are many safer, non-addictive, healthier, natural and very legal options available to you without a prescription.

USA Today May 10, 2006

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