The Los Angeles Times reported recently that prescription narcotic overdoses and drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States. Deaths from prescription drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as the cause of death in 2009, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control.
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For many of these victims and families legal finance, which is a growing financial funding area, helps them get by financially as they seek a settlement in their cases.
The data indicates that most causes of preventable death are declining, with drug deaths being the exception. In the last decade the death toll from prescription drugs has more than doubled. The article indicates one life is claimed due to drugs every 14 minutes. As a sharp contrast, traffic accidents have been dropping for several decades due to increased motor safety programs.
Public health professionals are using the comparison to bring a focus on the country’s growing prescription drug problem, calling it an epidemic. In fact, this is the first time that drugs have caused more deaths than auto accidents since the government began tracking drug deaths back in 1979.
Drug related deaths from perscription pain and anxiety drugs
The data also indicates one of the big reasons for the high number of drug deaths is the use of prescription pain and anxiety drugs which are very potent, sometimes addictive and very dangerous especially when combined with alcohol or other drugs. Among the most common drugs are OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, and Soma. Experts say these drugs cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.
Was the prescription given in error?
In situations where the prescription was given in error,or as a result of medical malpractice, and death or injury occurs, legal finance is a powerful tool in helping plaintiffs seek legal justice within our courts. Legal finance only requires a quick and easy application with a fast review for approval. There are no credit checks or monthly payments required for plaintiffs. Only if your case wins in court does the money have to be repaid.
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