Stat!: Why Drug Deaths Keep Rising
Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011
- Number of Americans killed in traffic accidents in 2009: 36,284
- Number who died from drugs: 37,485
- Frequency of drug-related deaths: 1 every 14 minutes
And which drugs are driving this increase? (Hint: It’s not stuff stuff like crank, crack or smack.)
Most are popular prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, many of which have become household names like Xanax, OxyContin, and Vicodin. These drugs now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. One relative newcomer to this group is Fentanyl, a pain medication that’s 100 times more potent than morphine, and is available as a skin patch or as a lollipop.
Source: The Week