Prescription Drugs Deaths

November 3, 2011 by staff 

Prescription Drugs DeathsPrescription Drugs Deaths, Lethal overdose of painkillers has tripled in the last decade and now account for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, USA health authorities say.

The amount of painkillers on the market is so high that it would be enough to care for all Americans with a standard dose of Vicodin every four hours for a month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

”The sad and surprising news, in fact, we’re in the midst of an epidemic of prescription drug overdose in this country. This is an epidemic, but can be stopped,”said the chief of the CDC, Thomas Frieden.

Advertisement: Story continues abajo”De fact, now the burden of dangerous drugs is being more for some irresponsible doctors by drug dealers on street corners.”

The CDC report vital signs focuses on opioidanlgesics, including oxycodone, methadone and hydrocodone better known as Vicodin, which have quadrupled in sales to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors’ offices since 1999.

Last year, 12 million Americans reported taking prescription painkillers for recreation, not because of a medical condition.

The number of deaths from overdoses of opioidanlgesics has more than tripled from 4000 in 1999 to 14,800 people in 2008.

The epidemic is at its height between the middle-aged white men and American Indians or Alaska Natives, the CDC said.

Rural and poor areas tend to have higher rates of prescription drug overdose death.

Deaths from prescription drugs accounted for nearly 75 percent of overdose deaths in which a drug is specified in the certificate of death, according to the CDC, said the deaths and hospitalizations has increased in parallel with the increased supply .

Although a relatively small part of the U.S. population admits abusing painkillers, costs for health insurance companies are huge, and US72.5 billion (and A69.6 million) a year

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