Prescription Drug Deaths Way Up
Posted by Childress on August 6, 2006
The Centers for Disease Control has surprising stats on how dangerous — and dangerously popular — prescription drugs have become:
Medical painkillers have surpassed heroin and cocaine as the most common source of fatal accidental drug overdoses in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control have reported 4,451 prescription-drug deaths in 2002, compared to 2,569 for cocaine and 1,061 for heroin. Among the killer prescriptions were oxycodone and methadone. However, it’s not known how many overdose deaths were the result of recreational users taking the prescription painkillers. Deaths from all unintended drug overdoses increased by 5.3 per cent a year between 1970 and 1990, then a shocking 18.1 per cent between 1990 and 2002.