Thousands die and millions are injured every year because of a medication. So, we act on medication injuries & deaths as an urgent, solvable public health issue.

Safest Drug is a non-profit organization with a mission to prevent and alleviate medication illness, disability and death in the U.S. Learn more about our work and support the movement to end medication harms, creating safer consumers who participate in America’s healthcare system everyday.

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For the remainder of 2020, we’re holding multiple online events to help create safer medication experiences in America.

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Learn more about our work to create safer patients, consumers & communities.

Medication Safety Education & Drug Disposal

We support education & drug disposal initiatives that teach and enable communities to prioritize safe medication experiences, while keeping medications out of the wrong hands.

Drug Safety Research

We use research to uncover new discoveries and insights on the problems associated with medication harms. The goal? To figure out the right interventions to prevent medication deaths and disabilities.

Improving Consumer Protections & Providing Patient Relief

We support legislative actions and projects that better protect all consumers from preventable medication harms, regardless of age, sex, race or ethnicity – – producing people who are more informed about the safety risks of their medications, more engaged with their healthcare providers, and better supported to avoid medication-induced injury or illness.

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The Statistics Motivating the Action

1 million

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates 1 million people show up at an emergency room (ER) every year because of an adverse drug reaction. The average cost of an ER visit is over $1,300.

2 million

In 2019, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration received over 2 million reports about suspected and confirmed medication-related injuries and deaths. Over 150,000 of those reports were associated with a medication death.

4 Billion

The U.S. is a high prescribing country. In fact, over 4 billion retail prescriptions were filled in the past year. That’s enough for every man, woman and child to receive over 10 prescriptions each.

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Safest Drug is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2019.

Our Tax ID # is 83-3185362.

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