According to a recently released JAMA article:
- Drug overdose deaths have increased year over year for the last 11 years.
- Prescription drugs, specifically opioids, are the chief driver of these increases.
- 16,651 fatalities were linked to these painkillers
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Data is from 2010, reported in 2013.
Pharmaceutical Overdose Deaths, United States, 2010
Christopher M. Jones, PharmD; Karin A. Mack, PhD; Leonard J. Paulozzi, MD