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Report: States Lax In Taking Steps To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

October 8, 2013
Kaiser Health News

The number of deaths attributed to the abuse of painkillers and other prescription drugs has risen sharply in recent years.    

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Addressing A Dangerous Epidemic: Abuse Of Painkillers And Other Prescription Drugs. About 50 Americans die every day from a prescription drug overdose — a tally that, in most states, turns out to be more than deaths from car accidents. In a new report, 'Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic,' researchers at the Trust for America’s Health found that rates of overdose and addiction doubled since 1999 in most states. In West Virginia — the state with the highest number of drug overdose deaths — the rate was six times higher than fourteen years ago (Rao, 10/7).

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