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Medication Error Death Rate Up 500 Percent

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Medication Error Death Rate Up 500 Percent

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Medication Error Death Rate Up 500 Percent

Medication Error Death Rate Up 500 Percent

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Painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs are being prescribed to out-patients in high doses, without the oversight of a doctor. A new study found that in the last 20 years there has been a 500 percent increase in the death rate from medication errors made at home. Medical contributor Dr. Sydney Spiesel discusses the data with Alex Chadwick.