Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Drug Overdoses Not Just From Street Narcotics
It's not just illicit drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin that are causing drug overdoses and deaths in the United States. A growing number of overdoses can be attributed to prescription drugs abuse.
The DEA will make that case tomorrow with the release of a report on the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs. The report finds pharmaceutical crimes pose a serious threat to public health and safety with unintentional overdoses increasing "significantly."
The report cites prescription pain relievers as the most abused drugs. It finds that young adults are the biggest abusers but also documents abuse among teens, adults and even the elderly.
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