Painkillers have been prescribed to help people get through the days after a medical procedure or for cancer patients who are suffering. But with a prescription increase of 300% in the past 10 years, prescribed narcotics are getting a lot of light shined on them.
Increased deaths have risen to 46 people per day or almost 17,000 per year from prescription painkiller overdoses. From 1999, that’s nearly a 400% increase. The FDA has started to take steps to make opioids safer, mainly adhering new warnings on drug labels, but there is still a lot of education that needs to be done at the community level.
Take a look at the full article from Consumers Reports Magazine here: http://consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2014/09/the-dangers-of-painkillers/index.htm
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