The Most Dangerous Drugs in America

Drugs, both legal and illegal, have played a prevalent role in American society for decades.

Both Prohibition and its repeal created a national debate on alcohol. Years of tobacco-related deaths resulted in government-required warnings and lawsuits. In the 1980s and 1990s, public service announcements told us to “just say no” to drugs. And in more recent times, opioid litigation has taken center stage.

In light of all of these high-profile drugs and campaigns, it’s easy to lose sight of other drugs that can present health risks to Americans. In fact, many lists of dangerous drugs include a number of prescription medicines and over-the-counter products that are purchased in our stores every day.

In this article, we will discuss some of the most dangerous drugs in America.

Drugs Take a Toll

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drug overdoses have become the country’s most common form of accidental death. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in 2017 more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses.

Certainly, much of this was attributable to the opioid epidemic. But it’s also important to note that devastating injuries, illness, and death can result from many other drugs and in a lot of different ways. Below are some common examples:

  • Prescribing the wrong medication – Sometimes doctors make mistakes and prescribe the wrong medication for a particular patient or illness. When patients are lucky, the mistake is discovered, and the patient does not have harmful consequences. In other situations, the patient suffers harm.
  • Prescribing medicine in the wrong dosage – Whether a doctor prescribes too much or too little of a medicine, patients can be harmed. 
  • Negligently filling a prescription – This can include placing a totally incorrect medicine in a container or placing medicine in the incorrect size (such as 10 mg instead of 5 mg).
  • Dangerous mixes of drugs – It’s no secret that drugs can have interactions with one another, and certain medications should not be taken together. This can be a complex situation with patients who take a large number of medications.
  • Giving a patient the wrong medication – In hospitals, nursing homes, and other in-patient environments, a nurse or other medical care provider can simply provide the patient with the incorrect drug.
  • Mislabeling of medicine – If a medicine container is mislabeled, a person will clearly take the incorrect drug.

As you can see, some of the dangers of drugs result from medical malpractice, nursing malpractice, and pharmacist malpractice.

Drugs Making the “Most Dangerous List”

There are many ways to consider what makes a drug “dangerous.” Death rates certainly play a role, but so does possible injury or illness, along with the opinions of qualified researchers and practitioners. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a number of factors and produced a list of 25 dangerous drugs. Below are just ten of them:

  • Acetaminophen (a common example is Tylenol)
  • Anticoagulants (such as Warfarin)
  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines (such as Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax)
  • Antidepressants (such as Zoloft and Prozac)
  • Cocaine
  • High Blood Pressure drugs
  • Cough medicine
  • Digoxin
  • Colchicine

Call with Questions

The dangers of drugs can cause injuries in many ways. Nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, nursing malpractice, and pharmacist malpractice are just a few. Plus, you can be injured in a car or semi-truck accident when another driver gets sleepy or intoxicated from drugs and alcohol. When any of these events occur, the knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield believe it is imperative that you pursue your legal rights and hold negligent wrongdoers accountable.

If you’ve been injured as a result of drugs or medications, please call us with your questions and we will be happy to help you evaluate your circumstances.


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