Prescription Painkiller Deaths Skyrocket in Past Decade

The Inquisitr

Piankiller Deaths SkyrocketWhen you think of dangerous drug use, things like meth and heroin or cocaine probably spring to mind.

And while those three are certainly not vitamins by any stretch of the imagination, they’re no longer tops when it comes to overdosing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or the CDC, as you might recall from the Walking Dead) has released new data that prescription painkillers are now more lethal than their street counterparts.

A 2010 study showed that one in 20 Americans admitted to using heavy duty painkillers for reasons that were considered “non-medical,” which is likely a factor in the three-fold increase in overdoses in the past decade. 40 people die each day from the US due to an overdose of painkillers, and CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD spoke in a press release about balancing access to the potentially deadly drugs to those who need them to function with the increasing danger of overdose among those with access to the medications:

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