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Healthier Me: Fatal Drug Overdoses

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In Wednesday's Healthier Me, the rate of fatal drug overdoses in the United States has risen for the 11th year in a row.

 

According to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, 38,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2010.

More than half of these fatalities involved prescription drugs, primarily painkillers; among these, three-quarters were accidental.

Experts say prescription drug-related deaths in the last decade have outnumbered those from both heroin and cocaine combined.

 

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