Stemming The Tide Of Prescription Opioid Overuse, Misuse, And Abuse

Health Affairs, blog September 22, 2015
Authors: Samantha DuPont, Athan Bezaitis, and Murray Ross
“A silver badge with interlocking lines at the top of a triangle represents awareness of drug overdose and its effects. Worn worldwide on August 31, the symbol demonstrates support to those fighting through addiction and others bearing the burden of grief from injury or loss. On that day—and every other day in the United States—44 people will die of overdose from prescription painkillers. These deaths have more than quadrupled in the past decade and a half. Today, more people die from prescription opioid overdose than from heroin, cocaine, and all other drugs combined, an alarming trend that led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to declare it an epidemic in November 2011.”
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