Backstory: Prescription Painkiller Addiction

Thursday, May 26, 2011

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a tenfold increase in prescriptions for opioids like OxyContin in the U.S. since 1990, and during that time the number of accidental deaths from drug overdose have nearly quintupled. In a growing number of states, unintentional overdoses replaced motor-vehicle incidents as the leading cause of accidental death. New York Times reporter Sabrina Tavernise discusses the factors behind prescription painkiller abuse, how these controlled substances are readily accessible to so many, new legislation aimed at curbing the problem, and why prescription pill abuse is so prevalent in Appalachia.


Sabrina Tavernise

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Solace Counseling from Dallas, TX

Painkiller addiction affects thousands of Americans each year and is a serious disease. If you or a loved one are struggling from painkiller addiction please seek treatment. Learn more about painkiller addiction in our free eBook at

May. 31 2011 04:50 PM

why is pot illegal but this stuff is so easy to get

May. 26 2011 01:25 PM

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