Supplements Lead to 20000 ER Visits
By: Annamaria Pagani
This article is written by Anahad O'Connor on October 14, 2015. The source of this article is the New York Times, which is easily accessible to the public community. A study was conducted that concluded that some dietary supplements led to injuries that caused 20,000 people to go to the ER. Some critics claimed that there was too little of regulation on these supplements to ensure the consumer's safety. However, the makers of the supplements stated that those injuries found were not a very big percentage of the major injuries that brought people into the ER. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted this study for a period of 10 years. The study ended up finding that most of the people visiting the ER from these supplements were younger people. The supplements that caused about half of the trouble were ones that helped with weight loss or energy. This could be a possibility because these types of supplements are altered in such a way to make them toxic for the body. They do not have to be approved by the FDA, which clearly has caused many problems.
O'Connor, A. (2015, October 14). Dietary Supplements Lead to 20,000 E.R. Visits Yearly, Study Finds. Retrieved April 01, 2016, from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/dietary-supplements-lead-to-20000-e-r-visits-yearly-study-finds/