Journalism in the Public Interest

Have You Or Someone You Know Suffered Acetaminophen Poisoning?
by Amanda Zamora
ProPublica, Sep. 20, 2013, 8:00 am


On average, more than 150 Americans die each year from accidentally taking too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, and tens of thousands more go to emergency rooms or are hospitalized with liver damage associated with the drug, according to government data. About the same number use acetaminophen to commit suicides each year. 

View more of this conversation on Twitter

But it’s still unclear exactly how many people are harmed by acetaminophen overdoses. Although drug manufacturers are required to report adverse events to the FDA, they don't hear of every case. Hospital and death-certificate data also have problems — for example, the cause of liver failure might not be correctly diagnosed.

We are interested in hearing from people who have experienced acetaminophen poisoning or whose loved ones have suffered this problem. All information will be kept confidential with ProPublica reporters. However, you may also wish to file a report directly with the FDA and can download a consumer report form here.

Get Involved
blog comments powered by Disqus

Projects You Can Help With


Help Us Investigate Discrimination Against Pregnant Workers

Share Your Story


Help Us Report On The American Red Cross

Share A Tip


Have You Ever Been Sued Over a Debt? Help Us Investigate Collection Practices

Share Your Story

62 tips shared


Help Us Investigate Internships for Academic Credit

Find Out How

0 submissions

More on This Investigation

FDA Opens Review of Rules for Over-the-Counter Drugs, Including Acetaminophen

Federal regulators’ announcement that they will examine the regulation of non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, follows a ProPublica investigation.

Schumer Calls on Drug Makers to Add Safety Devices to Children’s Medicines Within a Year

Flow restrictors -- safety valves that cost pennies per bottle -- could save thousands of kids from being rushed to emergency rooms each year, but most children’s medications still don’t have them.

Over-The-Counter Pills Left Out of FDA Acetaminophen Limits

Federal drug regulators are moving to enforce a ban on prescription drugs with more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen. But you’ll still be able to buy pills that contain up to twice that dose over-the-counter at the gas station or grocery store.

The Fix Isn’t In: Why a Safety Device That Can Stop Overdoses by Kids Isn’t Widely Used

Safety valves that cost pennies per bottle could save thousands of kids from being rushed to emergency rooms each year. A doctor has campaigned to have the devices added to all liquid medicines, but so far he’s had limited success.