Prescription Drug Abuse Linked To Indiana HIV Outbreak
March 3, 2015
by Anna Almendrala
A 2013 report by Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization focused on disease prevention, showed that overdose deaths had quadrupled in Indiana since 1999, and that most of them were caused by prescription drugs like the opioids oxycodone (known as OxyContin or Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), fentanyl, morphine and methadone. Indiana is hardly alone when it comes to prescription drug abuse. Deaths from drug overdose are rising in the U.S., and prescription painkillers are largely to blame, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is estimated that there were 2.1 million people in the U.S. addicted to prescription painkillers in 2012, while about 467,000 were addicted to heroin.
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