The Problem

With the rise in prescription medications comes another problem: a dramatic rise in Adverse Drug Effects (ADEs). Just how largescale of a problem is it? Take a closer look below.

The Problem with Prescription Medications

14% of Total Healthcare Costs

Prescription medicines account for 14% of the total healthcare costs in the United States.


Today, most patients are prescribed medications based on variables such as height, weight, age, etc.

Trial Periods

Trial periods ensue, arbitrarily waiting to see if the patient receives a benefit from the drug and/or the level of side effects.

Polypharmacy Patients

Since 2006, a 70% increase in polypharmacy patients (patients taking 5+ prescription meds or taking multiple meds concurrently for 1+ conditions).

The Statistics Tell the Story

Adverse Drug Effects

-ADEs are now the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of hospital readmissions.

-40% of hospital and outpatient admissions for ADE’s are considered “preventable.”

-Treating ADEs add over $5.3 billion in additional healthcare costs per year.


-80% Patients report moderate to severe pain after surgery.

-38% of Outpatient Readmissions result from incomplete pain management or ADE’s from Pain Medications.

-Every 100 Morphine equivalents a patient takes pre-surgery equals a 1.1 day increase in their length of stay.


-90% of post-surgical patients receive prescription opioids for pain relief.

-1 in 9 patients prescribed opioids after surgery become long-term users.

-4 in 5 new Heroin users began as prescription opioid users.

-67+ deaths each day attributed to prescription opioids (41% of drug overdose deaths are from pain medications).

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