Infographic Depicts how Prescribed Painkillers can be Deadly

On 05/21/2012

Scientific American posted five of the best infographics depicting the current trends around drug use nationwide. A couple weeks ago we blogged about the second infographic that depicted drugs’ devastating effects on the body’s organs.This week’s installment is about how overdose deaths due to prescription painkillers is increasing and even exceeding overdose deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. With the visualization of this infrographic, it is easy to see how deaths from overdoses of prescription painkillers have more than tripled in the past decade.

Take a look, and leave a comment about what you think we can do, both as a nation and locally, to address this serious issue. If you or a loved one is abusing prescribed painkillers , Keystone Hall can help. For more information or to schedule a confidential and free consultation, call 603-881-4848 or email hope@keystonehall.org .

A CDC study reveals that deaths due to overdose of opioid pain relievers (powerful opium-derived analgesics such as Oxycontin and Percocet) are now killing more people than heroin and cocaine.



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