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Drug overdoses

by Bill Hayes

In Drug poisoning deaths continue tragic climb, the Los Angeles Times reports on the steady rise of accidental deaths due to drug overdoses. Almost all accidental poisoning is caused by drugs, and such poisoning accounts for more deaths than auto accidents.

The report, from the National Center for Health Statistics, points to misuse or abuse of prescription drugs as the driver of the upward trend in poisoning deaths. The number of deaths from opioid painkillers (such as morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone) rose from 4,000 per year in 1999 to 14,800 in 2008.

The report from the National Center for Health Statistics (PDF).