Drug Overdose Deaths Increase for 11th Year in a Row

 by lucy

A new analysis of federal data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that 2010 marked the 11th consecutive year that the US saw an increase in drug overdose deaths.  Most of the deaths, deemed accidents, were from overdoses on painkillers and prescription drugs.

In 2010, the CDC reported 38,329 drug overdose deaths.  Prescription drugs and medicines were involved in almost 23,000 of those cases.

Opioid drugs, including Vicodin and Oxycontin, were considered to be the biggest problem, contributing to 75% of overdose deaths.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explained, “The big picture is that this is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly.”  Frieden continued to explain that many physicians and patients don’t realize the addictive nature of prescription opioids and that many times they’re used to treat conditions that could be helped by less risky drugs.

Antianxiety drugs were also noted among medication-related deaths, accounting for almost 30% of them.  This category of drugs includes Valium.

The report’s data came from death certificates, which do not always specify the intent behind the overdose– whether someone was attempting suicide or just trying to get high and overdosed.  However, according to Dr. Rich Zane, it seems like most of the overdoses were considered accidental.

Prescription drugs are common in the homes of most Americans, and this report shows that they are potentially putting families and youths at risk of addiction or overdose.



7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    dallas said on Feb 20, 2013

    Deadly and addictive.

    Yet… legal.

    The profit is in the treatment… not the cure.

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      Mike-420 said on Feb 20, 2013

      What exactly would be the cure for chronic pain?? You would what insist everyone have surgery? then what for pain management after back surgery?

      The issue is doctors who are over prescribing the medication, look @ florida pill mills… im sure that state alone can be blamed for alot of the 11 years worth of deaths.. And any other oxy doctor friendly state for that matter..

      Theres drug use then theres Drug ABUSE. Cant put the intire blame on the doctors medicine or pharma industry the user is to blame just as much.

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    MACVISHION said on Feb 20, 2013

    No surprise !

  3. 1

    Quizy said on Feb 20, 2013

    Opiates are a very very evil addiction…. Physical withdrawls are not fun… 420 for life!

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      Mike-420 said on Feb 20, 2013

      Like we just talked about in live chat theres drug use and drug abuse.. Addiction its self is very evil i would agree :D

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    559airandtrees said on Feb 21, 2013

    haha putting the youth at risk the govern flies in coke to this country using the army or other forces. America needs to clean up the its dirt.

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    OG_Corp said on Apr 1, 2013

    One number that hasn't changed? The number of people in history who have OD'd on marijuana. That number still sits at zero.

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