Published on October 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM
Medpage Today: Rx Drug Abuse Up, States Lax In Curbing It
Most states are doing little to help curb prescription drug abuse even as the number of prescription drug overdose deaths has doubled in 29 states since 1999, according to a report released Monday. A total of 28 states and the District of Columbia met six or fewer indicators showing they had implemented strategies to prevent prescription drug abuse, the report from the Trust for America's Health said. Meanwhile, prescription drug overdose deaths have tripled in 10 states and quadrupled in four states since 1999; nationally, prescription drug-related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined (Pittman, 10/7).
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