Prescription Drug Deaths Major Killer In The U.S.

Excerpt from a segment on NPR:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I’m Neal Conan in Washington. About 100 people a day die from drug overdose, and most of those are preventable deaths, in which doctors, pharmacists and patients all bear some responsibility.

A recent analysis by the Los Angeles Times found that drug deaths now outnumber those killed in traffic accidents, and prescription drugs are largely to blame. In part that’s because we’ve steadily reduced traffic fatalities; safer cars, stricter laws, tougher enforcement. So where’s the seatbelt for prescription drug overdose?

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