Even though nobody has ever died of a cannabis overdose, the DEA still wants you to believe that weed is dangerous, which is why it’s still classed as a Schedule I category. Unlike cannabis, there are plenty of over-the-counter drugs that can kill you, though. In alphabetical order, and not the numbers of deaths linked to each, here are three of such over-the-counter drugs you might want to rethink taking.
Whatever name it goes by, either as Acetaminophen or Paracetamol, the over-the-counter pain reliever has been linked to almost 1000 deaths in the United States.
And even though countless Americans use Acetaminophen for everything from headaches, to back pain and toothaches, not many know that, between 2006 and 2013, Acetaminophen killed more people than any other over-the-counter drugs combined.
Like Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen is used as an over-the-counter drug to treat pain from headaches, back pain, and menstrual cramps. And just like Acetaminophen, this nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) is responsible for many deaths. Because of that, the Food and Drug Administration had to change the warnings for the NSAID.
So, what is Salicylate? You might know it better as aspirin. The simple drug is actually not that simple and has led to many deaths, which allegedly includes Bruce Lee.
While it is said that “an aspirin a day keeps the heart attack away,” it can actually cause heart attacks, so think it through before popping some.
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