Excerpt from: The Oakland Press (click for full article)
Fact: Prescriptions for painkilling drugs have nearly tripled in two
decades, and unintentional overdose deaths from these drugs now exceed
those from heroin and cocaine combined.
Back in 1991, 75.5 painkiller prescriptions were written in the United States.
In 2010 it was up to 209.5 million.
That was enough to medicate the entire American adult population for one month.
The pharmaceutical industry estimates painkiller spending rose from $6.7 billion in 2007 to $8.3 billion in 2011.