Average number of prescription drugs filled for American youth: 4.1
     Druggiest place in the US for kids: Iowa (7.1)
     Least druggy: Alaska (2.3)

Average number of prescription drugs filled for adults: 11.9
     Druggiest place in the US for adults: Kentucky (19.8)
     Least druggy: District of Columbia (7.7)

Average number of prescription drugs filled for seniors: 28
     Druggiest place in the US for seniors: Kentucky (40.4 – yes, really!)
     Least druggy: Alaska (18.3)

Prescription drugs taken as prescribed in hospitals are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S and Canada, after cancer, heart disease and strokes. They cause about 10,000 deaths a year in Canada and about 106,000 deaths a year and over two million serious injuries in the U.S. (Source: Lazarou et al JAMA Vol. 279 No. 15 pp.1200-1205 Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients) [via The Conference]


Since 1990, deaths in the U.S. from unintentional drug overdoses have increased by over 500%. Most of this rise can be attributed to prescription painkillers, which now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. Where are all these pills coming from? Not Mexico. Not all from those Florida “pill mills.” Many of them are coming from prescriptions generated by doctors like us who are seeking to help our patients with real pain. It’s true: conscientious and well-trained doctors are partly to blame for the rapidly rising death rate among Americans from prescription pills. [via Time]

Source: Kaiser State Health Facts


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