Rise in Prescription Drug Addiction

‘Can you name the leading cause of accidental death in the United States now?

 

It is prescription drug overdose.  Since 2009 death from legally prescribed narcotics has led auto accident deaths as the number one cause of accidental death in the United States.  More than 15000 die now annually.

 

How can we explain and try to understand the rise in legal narcotic misuse and addiction?

 

The answer: Not easily.  I believe that the problem has complex roots, including the failure to perceive correctly the breadth of the problem or the sources of the drugs.

 

For instance, if you were to ask someone to describe what comes to mind when they think of a drug addict, most likely the answer would be a picture of an individual in a crack house who is nodding out on cocaine or heroin; the picture is a myth.

 

The fact is that deaths due to legal pain medication far outstrip the number of deaths due to illegal drugs.’

 

Full Article – Kevinmed


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