Poison Pen

An interesting statistic popped up the other day, bringing up  a subject most people don’t  think about. The headline read: “Poisoning Killing More Americans Than Car Crashes.”

Do most Americans think about getting poisoned as a real problem?
It is, and a good portion of  it is due to drugs. To quote Bloomberg.com, “Nationwide, 13.3 people per 100,000 died from poisoning between 2007 and 2009, compared with 12.4 from motor-vehicle accidents
during the same period, the report found. More than 90% of unintentional poisoning deaths in 2007 were caused by drugs and medicine, the report said. Each year, injuries create $406 billion in lifetime costs for medical care and lost productivity, according to the report.”

Even more interesting, the motivation behind this drug use is pain. Many times, people get sick or injured and find themselves using one prescription drug or another, all at the behest of their doctor. But some of these people can abuse those drugs, or just use them incorrectly, poisoning themselves in the process. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. At Arizona Pain Specialists, we have experts who treat pain with comprehensive methods. We are keenly aware of the national statistics showing  more Americans than ever are abusing prescription drugs, and we work our hardest to see our patients – by contrast – receive the best
care possible. Our mission is to treat our patients like we would our families – with kindness and excellence.

Poisoning is not part of that recipe.

From our families to yours,
Dr. Tory McJunkin and Dr. Paul Lynch
Founders of Arizona Pain