Deaths from Prescription Drugs Now Exceed Those Related to Cocaine and Heroin Combined

A report released yesterday by the non-profit organization Trust for America’s Health has revealed some startling data on prescription drug abuse in these United States. The results are pretty damning to the prescription drug industry. Specifically, it found the majority of total drug related deaths in the U.S. come from prescription drugs, and they now account for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.

More from Trust for America’s Health:

According to the report, prescription drug abuse has quickly become a top public health concern, as the number of drug overdose deaths – a majority of which are from prescription drugs – doubled in 29 states since 1999. The rates quadrupled in four of these states and tripled in 10 more of these states.

Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined, and drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle-related deaths in 29 states and Washington, D.C. Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs costs the country an estimated $53.4 billion a year in lost productivity, medical costs and criminal justice costs, and currently only one in 10 Americans with a substance abuse disorder receives treatment.

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*Click on the image above for an interactive map.

Am I the only one who finds it strange that 655,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana possession alone in 2012, a drug that no one dies from, yet these prescription drugs are not only legal, but pharmaceutical companies continue to make billions of dollars each year selling them? Yep, you guessed it. USA! USA!

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger


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  1. Add to that another 200,000 deaths a year from “CORRECTLY PRESCRIBED AND CORRECTLY TAKEN” prescription drugs. Side effects.

  2. But Merck n JNJ profits up !!!

  3. Excellent article!

  4. Certainly one must wonder what the heck is going on in West Virginia.
    — Eric Dubin

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