CDC: painkiller overdose deaths still rising, but not as fast

September 16, 2014 4:30 PM

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CDC: painkiller overdose deaths still rising, but not as fast

In 2011, there were 36,280 unintentional poisoning deaths, while 33,783 people died in car accidents. For intentional drug overdoses the numbers are even more dramatic, with 41,340 deaths in 2011.

Nearly half of poisonings involved opioid-analgesic pain relievers, such as hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone. In 2011, 16,917 people died from prescription pain med poisoning. And as a new CDC report shows, while the problem is getting worse, the death rate increase has slowed slightly since 200...

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