In the last 15 years, we’ve lost over half a million Americans due to drug overdoses. On May 17, at the international meeting of the American Thoracic Society, attendees learned that our ICU death rates for drug overdose are increasing. That is, we are not any better at treating drug overdoses, and the drugs are getting more deadly. Health Matters tries our best to ignore this ongoing catastrophe with a show on swallowing your cell phone and “water bottle mouth”.
Tip: The cancer’s with the lowest survival rates in the US are: brain, stomach, esophagus, liver, lung – and “dead last” with a survival rate of 8% at five years – pancreas.