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US Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses

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  • Deaths caused by overdosing on painkillers now surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the US
  • US officials now acknowledge that prescription narcotics are a driving force in the rise of substance abuse and lethal overdoses
  • Over the past five years, heroin deaths have increased by 45 percent--an increase that officials blame on the rise of addictive prescription drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin which, like heroin, are opioids
  • The reason for the resurgence of heroin is in large part due to it being less expensive than its prescription counterparts
  • According to one recent study, more than 14 percent of pregnant women were prescribed opioid drugs during their pregnancy. The most common reason for the prescription was back pain

By Dr. Mercola

Deaths caused by overdosing on painkillers now surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the US. America's rising drug problem recently received renewed attention following the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.


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