Monday, September 19, 2011

Overdose Deaths Overtake Traffic Toll | The Fix

I was going to say, "It's the economy, stupid!" when I saw the headline, but I realized that this is actually a more complex problem when I saw the culprit... At least it is not krokodil. Yet.

Overdose Deaths Overtake Traffic Toll | The Fix: "Drugs are now out-killing cars nationwide, reveals the latest data, but illegal substances aren't the chief culprits.

For the first time overdose deaths outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States. The havoc isn't driven primarily by Afghan smack or Mexican ecstasy, however, but by common prescription pain medications and anti-anxiety drugs.


Companies began aggressively marketing narcotic pain medications like Vicodin and Oxycontin about a decade ago—and doctors, anxious to help patients feel better, duly wrote the scripts. The death toll has doubled since then. Vicodin is now the most prescribed and abused drug in the nation, according to the US Drug Enforcement Agency. Oxy, Xanax, Soma and relative-newcomer Fentanyl also figure highly..."

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