Painkillers in the USA

In 2010, in the United States, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate each adult in the country 24 hours a day, for a month. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that:

* 100 people die daily from drug overdoses in the United States also overdose death rates have tripled than what they were in 1990.

* In 2008 prescription painkillers were implicated in more overdose death rates than cocaine and heroin combined.

* Successful suicide in patients with chronic pain has doubled.

* Death rates are the highest in the Southwest and Appalachian regions, with the highest death rates in 2008 being in New Mexico and West Virginia; the lowest rate was in Nebraska. 

Source: CDC 



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