We address medication injuries & deaths as a solvable public health issue

And with millions of people depending on prescription and over-the-counter medications, we push for stronger consumer protections, education and research to help save lives and prevent poor medication health outcomes. Join & support actions for change!

Learn more about Safest Drug’s mission and find out what needs to be done to build a safer “medicated America”

Medication Safety Education & Drug Disposal

You matter. So, that’s why we support education & drug disposal initiatives that teach and enable communities to prioritize safe medication experiences and keep 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 because figuring out the right interventions is key.

Improving Consumer Protections & Support

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 if they are ever harmed by a medication or want to prevent those injuries or disabilities from ever occurring.

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Check out the numbers that motivate our cause

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. There were over 2 million reports in 2018 too.

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.

Read more facts and statistics

(or, submit an online report)

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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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Mailing address: 510 Meadowmont Village Circle #108, Chapel Hill, NC 27517-7584

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