Medication drugs ahead of the number of deaths


25/02/2013

Death from an overdose of drugs are growing for 11 years in a row. The lion’s share of them in the addictive painkillers.

"The problem in a short time has been dramatically exacerbated," - said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States who were engaged in the collection and analysis of these data.

In 2010 alone, there were 38,329 overdose deaths in the United States. In 60 percent of these cases, the culprit was drugs, prescribing prescription that overshadowed by this sad figure even illegal drugs.

In current years opioids, including OxyContin and Vicodin are the main causes of these problems: they accounted for 3 of the 4 deaths from drug overdoses.

Frieden said that many doctors and patients are not aware of what kind of relationship can cause these drugs, so they are often prescribed for pain, which can be reduced by less hazardous drugs.

Drugs to combat anxiety and insomnia, including diazepam (Valium), are also among the common causes of death from overdose: they are guilty of nearly 30% of deaths.

"Today There is a dangerous belief that pharmaceuticals are safer than street drugs such as heroin," - said Don Des Zharlays, who heads the Institute for Chemical Dependency in New York.

Original: Bigstory.ap.org


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