Deaths from Prescription Drugs

Deaths of teenagers (aged 15 to 19), from prescription drugs increased 91% from 2000 to 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This is nearly double the previous number of fatal poisonings. According to the CDC, prescription drug abuse is to blame. Many prescription drugs make it to the black market. This accidental poisoning from prescription drugs is the leading cause of death among teenagers.

37% of all children who died in 2009, ages 1-19 are from this cause. Narcotic prescription pain killers alone kill 40 people per day.


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