Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher — and most of these deaths are from prescription drugs (source: CDC).
Overdose deaths are only part of the problem—for each death involving prescription painkillers, hundreds of people abuse or misuse these drugs:
- Emergency department visits for prescription painkiller abuse or misuse have doubled in the past 5 years to nearly half a million.
- About 12 million American teens and adults reported using prescription painkillers to get “high” or for other nonmedical reasons.
- Nonmedical use of prescription painkillers costs more than $72.5 billion each year in direct health care costs.
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