>>RECOVERY NEWS<< Prescriptions Drugs Now Biggest Cause of Fatal Overdoses
Posted Oct 01 2009 12:00am
From USA Today this morning:Addiction to prescription painkillers which kill thousands of Americans a year has become a largely unrecognized epidemic, experts say. In fact, prescription drugs cause most of the more than 26,000 fatal overdoses each year, says Leonard Paulozzi of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
The number of overdose deaths from opioid painkillers opium-like drugs that include morphine and codeine more than tripled from 1999 to 2006, to 13,800 deaths that year, according to CDC statistics released Wednesday. Get the whole story here.