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Over 100 Chileans die each year due to excessive use of medicines



Each year, around 11,000 Chileans are hospitalized because of the damage caused by continued use of drugs, according to a study by the University of Valparaíso, based on data from the Ministry of Health.

This is done by self-medication or for a long duration of treatment recommended by doctors 115 deaths were also produced only in 2017aware Mercury

The main victims are infants, preschoolers, adolescents and the elderly through mass drug use and most cases (28 percent) corresponds drug poisoning.

Added to this is the dependence of many drugs on chronic diseases (9.63%), as well as benzodiazepine poisoning (5.97%).

Hospitalizations in the public system for the mass use of medicines are increasingIn seven years this number reached 89,581, an increase of 38 percent compared to 2010, which was 64,807.

"It's important for people to know that drugs have not only a positive impact, they also have a negative impact, so they have to be eaten with great care," he warned the morning undersecretary of public health, Paula Daza

Drug consumption must be monitored to prevent complications and avoid self-medication, experts say.


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