Inquirer Editorial: Prescription for a problem

October 16, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer

TV commercials pitching prescription drugs have made Americans too comfortable with popping pills that can have dangerous side effects. It's hard to believe that hasn't played some role in the quadrupling of prescription painkiller sales between 1999 and 2010 - and the corresponding quadrupling of overdose deaths from these drugs.

A report by the Trust for America's Health found that more than six million Americans abuse or misuse prescription drugs. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the nation's 100 overdose deaths a day are due to prescription drugs.


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