Edmond, Oklahoma (PRWEB) December 31, 2011
The PainKiller Awareness “Care Enough to Share” Campaign is being launched in conjunction with the new PainKillerAwareness.org website. “The website is designed to create national awareness and to make it easy for concerned individuals, churches, bloggers, businesses and other organizations to spread the word that synthetic PainKillers is one of America’s leading silent killers. People may believe that these deaths are primarily associated with drug abuse and addiction however, there is maturing body of evidence that suggests that the typical victim is an unsuspecting American with a toothache, a back ache or arthritis, etc., who goes to a Walmart store and buys a bottle of pain killing medication (with no knowledge of its toxicity) and ends up dying because they “didn’t know”. They didn’t know that less than 1 in every 50 Pain Killer related deaths is actually caused by abuse and/or addiction,” stated Tim Flatt, Co-Founder of PainKillerAwareness.org.
“Our mission was energized with a heightened sense of urgency because the Journal of Rheumatology reported that, ‘54% [of Americans] were NOT aware of the potential side effects of OTC pain killers’. This really is a matter of life and death; until Americans are made aware of the very real side effects from taking acetaminophen, NSAIDs and prescription pain medications, we will continue to see thousands die and tens of thousands more end up in hospital emergency rooms each year,” added Ron Snodgrass, Co-Founder of PainKillerAwareness.org.
They Didn’t Know and They Died
Maddy was a 19 years old, healthy, vibrant sophomore in college. She was on the Dean’s List and in the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. Maddy developed pain so she took Extra Strength Tylenol for 3 weeks. Not knowing that there was a “Razor Thin Line” between medication and toxic poison, she stepped over the line by taking just one pill more than the daily recommended dosage. Her liver failed and she died within a couple of days as reported in the Norman Transcript on February 28, 2008.
What began with a toothache ended with Liver Failure when 49-year-old Mark Erdman took over-the-counter Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen; not aware of the razor thin line, his liver failed and he too died according to an article published in the TCPalm on March 14, 2011. See “Toothache Leads to Death”
PainKiller toxicity has become a “Silent Epidemic”. If deaths from the toxic effects of NSAIDs and Acetaminophen (OTC and Prescription) were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute one of the top 10, most common causes of death in the United States. “Yet these toxic effects remain mainly a silent epidemic,” according to The New England Journal of Medicine.
“It is estimated that acetaminophen poisoning [call center] calls exceed 100,000 per year. There were an estimated 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and 458 deaths related to acetaminophen associated overdoses per year.” FDA Website
The goal of the “Care Enough to Share” Campaign is to create a positive lifesaving dialogue about the dangers of synthetic PainKillers throughout America and around the world. Most recent articles include:
To see the latest Pain Killer Awareness videos and reports visit PainKillerAwareness.org
PainKiller Awareness.org is based Edmond Oklahoma. It was founded in 2012 by Tim Flatt and Ron Sondgrass as means for sharing the concerns for toxic synthetic PainKillers.