According to the latest available data from the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses were responsible for 38,329 deaths in 2010, 30,006 of which were unintentional. That’s a rate of 105 every day, and that number doesn’t take into account the 6,748 people treated every day for the misuse or abuse of drugs. In comparison, traffic accidents were responsible for 33,687 deaths in 2010. Firearms killed 31,672 people, and 26,852 died as a result of falling.
The rate of reported overdoses the U.S. more than doubled between 1999 and 2010, about half of those additional deaths are in the pharmaceuticals category…
Read America, It’s Time For An Intervention: Drug Overdoses Are Killing More People Than Cars, Guns, by Nick Wing, HuffPost , 30 Aug 2013
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by Katie Peek, Popsci Science, 23 April 2013