Prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels

A new report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control shows the death toll from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than tripled in the past decade. This new finding shows that more than 40 people die every day from overdoses involving narcotic pain relievers like hydrocodone (Vicodin), methadone, oxycodone (OxyContin), and oxymorphone (Opana).

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To see map of drug overdose rates by state in 2008, click here.

Source: CDC

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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