Sadly, drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Tennessee residents. According to WATE-TV, in 2013, 1,166 people died from drug overdoses, an increase from 1,094 in 2012.
The overdose numbers are higher than car accident totals—last year, 1,008 were killed in vehicle crashes.
“You think that when your doctor prescribes you something it’s ok, but you never really think of the reverse effects it can have,” said Deborah Huddleston with the Metropolitan Drug Commission, according to WATE.
Many of the overdoses surround opioid drugs or painkillers. The overdoses appear to be affecting men more than women. According to the Associated Press, in 2013, 54 percent of overdose fatalities involved men and 46 percent involved women. The median age of overdose death victims was 46 years old, according to the AP.
Who Should I Speak to If My Loved One Dies After Taking Prescription Medication?
While many of these overdoses occur because of addiction, some are a result of labeling issues.
Sometimes, warning labels on drugs contain information that could lead to injuries or death due to errors. The wrongful death of a loved one can occur due to a pharmacy or drug manufacturer placing an inadequate warning or instruction for use on a product.
It should also be noted that drug overdoses are also common among over-the-counter products—over the last decade, it has been estimated that more than 1,500 Americans have died due to overdosing on acetaminophen (Tylenol), which has been linked to liver failure.
Remember, if your loved one dies due to a medical drug overdose, make sure you contact our attorney, who can investigate if he or she was prescribed the wrong medication, or if there were issues with labeling.
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