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Drug overdoses kill more people than auto accidents in 29 states

October 8, 2013
by Reid Wilson
Washington Post

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The number of fatal drug overdoses has spiked in the past decade as sales and prescriptions of heavy painkiller medication have quadrupled. Today, drug overdoses account for more deaths than motor vehicles in 29 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new report.

The report from the Trust for America’s Health shows the incredible spike of prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin over the last decade has coincided with a dramatic increase in the number of drug-related fatalities. In 2000, only five states — Arizona, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah — plus the District of Columbia, suffered more than 10 deaths per 100,000 residents due to drug overdoses. By 2010, 38 states and D.C. reached that mark.

 

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