Data & Statistics
Drug overdose death rates in the US have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. In 2009, more than 37,000 people died from drug overdoses, and most of these deaths were caused by prescription drugs.
Graphic source: Policy Impact: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). (2012) [cited 2012 Feb 1].
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