Monday, July 22, 2013

State Selected For National Initiative On Prescription Drug Abuse

FoxCT (Hartford, CT) July 22, 2013

"Deaths from prescription painkillers have reached epidemic levels. The state of Connecticut has been selected by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to participate in a national effort to address policy options and other strategies to decrease prescription drug misuse, abuse, and diversion. Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. In 2008, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses, and most of these deaths were caused by prescription drugs. In Connecticut, drug poisoning is the leading cause of accidental death among adults. Connecticut is one of only 16 states in which death from overdose is more common than death from vehicular accident." Read More

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