NEW report released:
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Prescription drug overdoses are one of the fastest growing causes of injury deaths. According to CDC, more than 15,000 people die annually from overdoses of prescription medicines. Prescription pain relievers contribute to more deaths than all illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine.
Most fatal drug overdoses result from pain relief medications also known as opioid analgesics. Opioids include: oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and buprenorphine. Mixing prescription pain medication with alcohol and/or over-the-counter pain medications increases the risk of a fatal overdose.
National Safety Council is launching a new strategic initiative to confront this crisis on a national level. Strong public-private partnerships are needed. Learn more about how you can join with NSC and other leaders to prevent injuries and deaths from prescription medicines.
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