Psychiatric Drugs Send 90,000 to Emergency Rooms Each Year

Mental Health Watchdog Cites Need for Consumers to Search Psychiatric Drug Database for Documented Risks

A recent JAMA Psychiatry studyrevealed that between 2009 and 2011, there were an estimated 267,000 emergency room visits because of adverse drug events from psychiatric drugs such as overdose, excessive sleepiness and head injuries. Over 19% of these emergency room visits resulted in patient hospitalization. The lead author of the JAMA study suggested the need for caution, increased surveillance, and reduced use of psychiatric drugs, and even encouraged alternative treatments.

The JAMA report, first released in July, breaks down the adverse drug events by class of drug, reporting that nearly 78,000 of the emergency room visits were due just to sedatives/anxiolytics, antidepressants and antipsychotics. Other drugs causing such reactions included lithium salts and stimulants.

This data should be of no surprise given the ever-increasing use of psychiatric drugs. According to IMS Health’s Total Patient Tracker database, psychiatric drug use now includes even the youngest of the nation’s population.

In fact, in 2013, more than one million American children between the ages of 0 and 5 were prescribed psychiatric drugs. For all ages, more than ten million Americans took ADHD drugs, 41 million took antidepressants, more than six and a half million took antipsychotics and 36 million took anti-anxiety drugs.

Seventy-nine million Americans, one-in-four, are currently prescribed psychiatric drugs. In an effort to provide accurate information about the documented risks associated with psychiatric drugs, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the leading mental health watchdog, last year launched a comprehensive website and enhancedpsychiatric drug database at http://www.cchrint.org/.

Read the full article at Health Freedom Alliance – Psychiatric Drugs Send 90,000 to Emergency Rooms Each Year.

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