Opioid analgesics, or pain killlers, are the biggest contributers to the increase in unintentional overdoses. Opioids include oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and buprenorphine, which are usually prescribed for pain management. As sales of opioids have increased, so have the deaths associated with them. According to the CDC and the National Vital Staistics System:
The impact of opiates on the workplace, according to a Quest Diagnostics report found that:
Unintentional drug overdoses are the second leading cause of injury related deaths. Rates of death due to overdose in men exceed rates in women. And in some states, unintentional poisoning surpassed motor vehicle deaths among people 35 to 54 years old, or those of working age.
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