Drug Overdose-Related Deaths Double from 1999 to 2012

December 2, 2014
by Kelly Dickerson
Yahoo! News/Live Science

There are a variety of reasons drug overdoses have increased over the past few years, said Rich Hamburg, deputy director of Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit organization that advocates for public health policies. Some of those reasons include increased availability of prescription drugs and the tendency for physicians to overprescribe, said Hamburg, who was not involved in writing the new report.

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