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Drug poisoning is now the No. 1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. In 2017, a total of 61,311 people died from drug overdoses – many from prescription opioid medicine.
Many adults prescribed opioids by doctors subsequently become addicted or
move from pills to heroin. Seventy percent of people who have misused prescription painkillers reported getting them from friends or relatives. Most people don't even know that
sharing opioids is a felony.
People who take opioid painkillers for too long and in doses too large are more at risk of addiction and more likely to die of drug poisoning. The numbers are staggering. A survey by the Substance Abuse and Medical Health Services Administration says there are
4.3 million nonmedical users of painkillers. Nearly 2 million people have painkiller substance use disorders.
Prescribed to Death Memorial.
National Safety Council provides answers for families, resources for employers and prescribers, and information to help keep you safe at home and in your community:
Opioid Drugs include both prescription and illicit drugs. Like heroin, opioid painkillers come from the poppy plant.
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We lost more than 72,000 people to opioids in 2017. We honor them here.
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America’s most fatally abused drug is legal and sitting in the medicine cabinet. Understand the risks and how to prevent deaths and injuries associated with prescription drug abuse.
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