~ Prescription Drug Deaths

From: edfry@home.com (Edward Fry)

To: letters@pressdemocrat.com (Editor)

Editor:

The Press Democrat recently editorialized that criticism of the pharmaceutical industry is misdirected. Yet, as our country fixates on the threat of anthrax, which has caused four deaths, since September 11, some 8,000 Americans have died from taking "appropriately prescribed and correctly administered" drugs.

More than twice the number people as died in the violence of the WTC, have died quietly and anonymously doing what they were instructed was good for them. These figures are based on the American Medical Association's published data citing that over 100,000 Americans die annually from "correct" drug use. Deaths due to misprescription or accident are additional.

There is little discussion in our beholden-to-advertisers media that prescription drugs are, according to the World Health Organization, the fourth leading cause of death in industrialized nations. Instead of calling for improved drug standards, the public is treated to a steady barrage of scare stories about the dangers of nutritional supplements and herbs, which according to the best official statistics, harm but a handful of people each year -- usually from abuse.

Some argue this diversion of attention and sleight of hand in the news is not only intentional, but part of a continuing strategic monopolization of health care by drug interests.

The culmination of such a strategy will be played out at Codex deliberations in Berlin later this month as new, restrictive, one-world trade standards for supplements are proposed.

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