Fatal Drug Overdoses in U.S. Increase for 11th Consecutive Year

hospital sign“Fatal drug overdoses have increased for the 11th consecutive year in the United States, new data show. According to a research letter published Tuesday from the National Center for Health Statistics, 38,329 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2010, an uptick from the previous year and the latest sign of a deadly trend involving prescription painkillers.

In 2010, 57% of overdoses, or more than 22,000, involved known prescription drugs. Three-quarters of those involved painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet while another 9,400 involved some unidentified drug cocktail.”

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-drug-overdoses-increase-20130219,0,1564869.story

Source: LATimes.com -February 19, 2013

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