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).
McClatchy: Report: States Lack Strategies To Curb Prescription Drug Overdoses
Prescription-drug overdose deaths have risen sharply in recent years, and a majority of states are not implementing the best strategies to curb them, according to a new report from a health-care advocacy group. The report from the Washington-based Trust for America's Health, which was released Monday, found that 28 states – including Alaska, Pennsylvania and Texas – and the District of Columbia had put in place six or fewer out of 10 promising strategies to lessen prescription drug overuse (Helblig, 10/7).