QuickStats: Prescription opioid poisoning deaths more than quadrupled since 1999: Injury Center NewsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 03/28/2013 02:45 PM EDT
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|Prescription opioid poisoning deaths in the United States have more than quadrupled since 1999.|
U.S. drug poisoning deaths involving any opioid painkiller (e.g., oxycodone, methadone, or hydrocodone) accounted for 43% of all drug poisoning deaths and 39% of poisoning deaths in 2010.
Drug overdose is a serious problem in the United States. Help address this problem by using prescription painkillers only as directed by a health care provider and by not selling or sharing them with others.