Unintentional Poisoning Death Prevention

Prescription pills have overtaken car crashes as the number-one cause of accidental deaths in the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, 87 people die every day from unintentional poisoning. Another 2,277 are treated in the emergency room. 91% of those unintentional poisoning deaths are a result of a drug overdose.

When doctors, patients, and their loved ones make mistakes and are uninformed, wrongful death suits can happen. Remember these tips to prevent poisoning deaths and avoid unnecessary heartache: 

  • Only take medicine that is prescribed to you, and always take the correct dosage
  • Do not give anyone else drugs that are prescribed to you
  • Read and follow the warning labels on medicine bottles
  • Make sure your doctor and pharmacist know other drugs you are on so as to avoid negative drug interactions.
  • Dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs
  • Keep all medicines and household products up and away from children
  • Keep all medicine in the original bottles
  • Never leave pills you are planning on taking soon unattended while you do something else
  • Be aware of any and all drugs that visitors bring into your home

The CDC also says that you should be aware of certain groups that are more likely to die from unintentional poisoning. If you are part of one of these groups, be extra vigilant about staying safe.

  • Far more men die of unintentional poisoning than women
  • American Natives/Alaskan Natives have the highest death rate. Whites have the second highest death rate, and African-Americans have the third highest.
  • Middle-aged adults are the age group with the highest amount of unintentional poisoning deaths

Don't let a simple mistake make you the subject of a wrongful death suit. Be responsible with your prescriptions.

If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, you may have a Texas wrongful death suit on your hands. Contact Austin attorney Earl Straight for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.