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 Feb 21 - Fatal painkiller overdoses rise for eleven straight years
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Fatal painkiller overdoses rise for eleven straight years — RT USA




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More Americans are dying from prescription drug overdose each year, causing a public health epidemic that has only been getting worse. And most of the fatalities are accidents, with 60 percent of overdoses involving medicines prescribed by a doctor.

Since 1999, prescription drug use, misuse and overdose has increased steadily, causing the deaths of at least 20,000 US residents each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relayed in a new report.


In 2010, 38,329 people died of drug overdose in the US – and only 40 percent of these deaths were the result of taking illegal narcotics. About 60 percent of the fatalities were due to an overdose of prescription medicines, including addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin. Such opioid drugs were responsible for three out of four medication overdose deaths, which accounted for 22,134 deaths in 2010.


But while some might suspect suicide to be a cause for the high fatality rate, the CDC reports that only 17 percent of the medication-related deaths were considered suicide. Most of the other deaths were a result of patients getting addicted to ease the pain of their health conditions – and taking more than their prescribed dose.


Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the CDC, told the a.ssociated Press that the risk of taking opioids is so high that he recommends patients to find safer alternatives.


Opioids are useful for cancer, “but if you’ve got terrible back pain or terrible migraines,” using these drugs is very dangerous, Frieden said.


“The big picture is that this is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly,” he added.


While the CDC does not have statistics on the number of drug overdose deaths past 2010, Dr. Rich Zane, chair of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, believes they have undoubtedly increased.


“The results are consistent with what we [currently] experience” in emergency rooms, he told AP. The overdose epidemic has alarmed some states. West Virginia’s fatality rate increased over 500 percent in about a decade, causing serious concern over the prescription of opioids. Nationwide, deaths from prescription drug overdoses have quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, bringing the latest total to 23,000.


Most of the prescription drug-related deaths occurred in adults between the ages of 35 and 44.


“I saw so many people die from pills,” Law Enforcement Against Prohibition speaker Nate Bradley told the San Francisco Chronicle. “My first autopsy was a Vicodin overdose – the accidental Vicodin overdose of a 38-year-old woman. And I sat there and watched them take apart her body, because she accidentally had too much.”


With more people dying accidentally from Vicodin than heroin, states are attempting to spread a greater awareness of the dangers of prescription drugs, as well as make them more difficult to get. Some states are introducing laws that would shut down “pill mills”, which are doctors’ officers and pharmacies notorious for over-prescribing addictive medicines, Frieden explained.


“This is really a state problem or even a national problem,” University of Nebraska Medical Center Dr. Aly Hassan told Medical News Today.


The CDC last year referred to prescription drug overdose as an “epidemic”, and doctors predict this epidemic only to worsen as more Americans become addicted to the medicines meant to alleviate their pain.




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Ha ha ha ha, that tickles
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My boy died in December of last year a few days before Christmas due to a Oxy, coke, and Xanax overdose.
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them oxy's are no joke
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CuddyAbeRo said:
them oxy's are no joke
xanax either
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its all about moderation
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J.BEEZY said:
xanax either
depends on what u mix it with



now if u eat like 10 bars at a time thats another story
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don't take them.
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ate 2 codeine pills last nite and washed em down with ice house
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The number of physicians in the U.S. is

700,000.


Accidental deaths caused by Physicians

per year are

120,000.

Accidental deaths per physician is

0.171


Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept. of

Health and Human Services.


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Now think about this:

Guns


The number of gun owners in the U.S.

is

80,000,000.


(Yes, that's 80 million)


The number of accidental gun deaths

per year, all age groups,

is

1,500.


The number of accidental deaths

per gun owner

is

.0000188


Statistics courtesy of FBI


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So, statistically, doctors are approximately

9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Remember, 'Guns don't k!ll people, doctors do.'


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Fact: Not everyone has a Gun - BUT

Almost everyone has at least one doctor.

This means you are over 9,000 times more likely to be k!lled by a doctor as by a gun owner!!!
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seeing these numbers kinda hits a soft spot for me. I was addicted to oxy for about 3 years fresh out of highschool. I know a handful of people who OD'd and alot of people still using. Ive have not painkillers in 2 1/2 years now tho and quitting is one of the hardest things anyone can go through. To any one who says its all about moderation I just want to tell you to please stop while you are ahead. Moderation only leads you down a path you really do not want to go down.
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s34ny said:
yeah mostly its the combos

speedballin aint good

i know cpl folks died from fenatyl patches tho not rly pills
yup.............that sh*ts no joke

before they turned o.c.'s into o.p.'s there was always a fair amount of deaths from pills........
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my grandma's heart stopped a couple years back at the hospital due to the nurses overdosing her on morphene.
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Trilluminati GA said:
ate 2 codeine pills last nite and washed em down with ice house
holy sh*t!!! you animal. show em how its done. go big or go home right?????
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ItAlY2BkLyN said:
The number of physicians in the U.S. is
700,000.
Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are
120,000.
Accidental deaths per physician is
0.171


Now think about this:
The number of gun owners in the U.S. is
80,000,000.
(Yes, that's 80 million)

The number of accidental gun deaths
per year, all age groups is
1,500.

The number of accidental deaths
per gun owner is
.0000188

Statistics courtesy of FBI

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

So, statistically, doctors are approximately
9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Remember, 'Guns don't k!ll people, doctors do.'


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Fact: Not everyone has a Gun - BUT
Almost everyone has at least one doctor.

This means you are over 9,000 times more likely to be k!lled by a doctor as by a gun owner!!!
great stats.

bbrossy313 said:
seeing these numbers kinda hits a soft spot for me. I was addicted to oxy for about 3 years fresh out of highschool. I know a handful of people who OD'd and alot of people still using. Ive have not painkillers in 2 1/2 years now tho and quitting is one of the hardest things anyone can go through. To any one who says its all about moderation I just want to tell you to please stop while you are ahead. Moderation only leads you down a path you really do not want to go down.
glad you got off that sh*t bruh....not good for you....

Armen87 said:
my grandma's heart stopped a couple years back at the hospital due to the nurses overdosing her on morphene.
hope she got paid
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my boy was always trying to bum percocet and vicodin off me but i stopped giving it to him. he was mixing that sh*t with other drugs.
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SuperSourD said:
holy sh*t!!! you animal. show em how its done. go big or go home right?????


nah not even braggin homie. I was hooked on hydros/oxy in 07 for a long time (gunshot thru my arm into my chest) and it took me a while to shake it off. I still suffer pain in my arm to this day, some days I pop but not often nor regularly. For some reason I felt the urge to eat 2 codiene pills instead of one.
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This is the result of private companies trying to make money then having drs sling their medicine, pretty bad. Pretty deep if you really do the research on this topic.
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I bet the number of prescribed drugs are on a serious rise as well
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