Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC – WebMD

Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC – WebMD.

Deaths from overdoses of drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine and oxycodone (Oxycontin) climbed from 1.4 per 100,000 people to 5.4 per 100,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That means about 3,000 people died in 1999 from unintentional overdoses. By 2011, that number was up to nearly 12,000 deaths, the report said.

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