You see, I know from detailed research and analysis that more than 100,000 people in the U.S. die each year from bad reactions to drugs.
That's more than three times as many as those who die from all street drugs, including heroin.
Fortunately, a better way is just on the horizon.
Indeed, new "microchip medicine" technology by itself could save as many as 1 million American lives roughly every decade.
It's proof that you should never throw a good idea away. The two researchers behind this new breakthrough device first thought of it more than 15 years ago.
Now, their tiny product appears headed to produce some big results.
Microchip Medicine BreakthroughsTo reach this breakthrough, the two Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers teamed up with their colleagues at a small biotech firm called MicroCHIPS. The firm is privately held.
But if it ever goes public, you'll want to keep an eye on MicroCHIPS as a potentially winning investment - one that also will benefit millions.
Here's why: A new study showed that doctors can safely implant a small semiconductor into a patient's body.
In turn, doctors can program the microchip to deliver the correct doses of medicine at precisely the right times.
The chips operate wirelessly and can be programmed as needed to change doses. How cool is this?
This particular study involved providing drugs to women who suffer from osteoporosis. But I believe it could be used with dozens of diseases treated with prescription drugs.
But don't take my word for it. Here is what MIT professor Robert Langer had to say.