Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Prescription drug overdose deaths higher than car accident deaths

Colorado’s Own The CW2 (Denver), July 16, 2015

"DENVER — Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in Colorado and across the country.

'As a nation, the number of deaths that come from overdose is greater than the number of deaths from car accidents,' said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Burwell’s comments came during a visit to Denver on Thursday, in which she met with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and other state medical officials to specifically discuss the surge in prescription opioid abuse.

Colorado has improved its national standing when it comes to prescription drug abuse in recent years through programs that reduce and monitor opioid prescribing, increase medicated assisted treatment and improve access to the overdose drug Noloxone." Read more

For resources to talk with your teen about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, click here.

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