Overdose Deaths Continue to Climb

Published: February 19, 2013

Drug overdose deaths in the United States increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, rising 3.6 percent from 2009, federal officials reported Tuesday. There were 38,329 drug overdose deaths in 2010. Prescription drugs were involved in more than half of all overdoses, with 22,134 deaths from them, up 6 percent from 2009. Of those deaths, opioids, like oxycodone and morphine, were involved in an overwhelming majority, with 16,651 deaths in 2010, up 7 percent from 2009. Deaths from prescription drug overdoses quadrupled from 1999 to 2010.



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