Prescription Drugs Now Kill More People In The US Than Heroin And Cocaine Combined

Prescription opioid painkillers are responsible for more fatal overdoses in the  U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined, according to a new study out of Brandeis University.

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Opioid painkillers include prescription narcotics such as  like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone) and  methodone.

“An epidemic of prescription drug abuse is devastating American families and  draining state and federal time, money and manpower,” Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.),  chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a press release.

The authors recommended that prescription drug monitoring  programs “shift from a reactive to a proactive approach” by actions such as  collecting prescribing data for all controlled substances, sending alerts about  possible abuse to physicians and pharmacists, analyzing trend data to help law  enforcement agencies identify “pill mills” that illicitly distribute  prescription painkillers.

Below is a presentation from the Pew Health Group (which funded the  study) that lays out the extent of the problem:

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Source:  http://www.businessinsider.com/painkillers-kill-more-americans-than-heroin-and-cocaine-2012-9#ixzz2Z3vVY73s

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6 comments

  1. Unfortunately these kinds of “studies” hinder and even prevent patients that genuinely need and do not in any way abuse these types of medications. Without them, some individuals have no quality of life. Thanks to the those that abuse the system, and the others that sensationalize the issues, everyone suffers. It’s yet another example of just how broken our society is today. It truly is sad….

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