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Drug Deaths Outnumber Traffic Fatalities

by Bill Hayes

In a front-page story, the Los Angeles Times reports that drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S.

Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States, a Times analysis of government data has found.

Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [more]