As Bob Stutman, one of our 2011 UP presenters, has predicted for the past two years, we have reached an unfortunate new milestone today. For the first time in history, automobile accidents are now the SECOND leading cause of death by accident in the United States. What is the LEADING cause of death by accident? Drug overdose!
This was announced on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control, based on statistics from 2009 (the most recent year available). In fact, more people die from prescription drug overdose than from all other drugs combined (heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine).
Even more startling is the news that less than 5% of those who died from prescription drug overdose got them from “dope peddlers”. Unfortunately, the source of the supply is more often parents, relatives, friends and, ultimately, physicians. We must take note of this, and we must do better!
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