- Annual death toll from prescription pain killers greatly exceeds the number of deaths from all illegal drugs combined
- The United States comprises less than 5% of the world population but uses more than 80% of the global supply of pain killer medications.
- The age group most likely to die from an accidental drug overdose is 45 to 54 years old.
- A quarter of high school teenagers have experimented with misappropriated prescription drugs.
- Genetics plays a key role in prescription drug addiction.
- Friends and family “unintentional drug suppliers” are the source for 70% of misused prescription drugs.
- More people now die each year from accidental drug overdose than in auto accidents.
- Eighteen women die every day from prescription pain killer overdose, an increase of over 400% since 1999.
- Don’t be an unintentional drug supplier by allowing others access to your medicines.
- Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic with well over 16,500 deaths a year from pain killer overdose.
Commonly Abused Medications
- Hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin, Norco), Oxycodone (Percocet, Roxicodone, Endocet, Oxycontin), Methadone, Morphine (Avinza, Kadian), Fentanyl (Duragesic, Fentora), Codeine
- Xanax, Valium, Ativan
Inappropriate use of any of these common prescription medicines (listed above) can be fatal, while ingesting any combination of pain killers and anxiety medications together can increase risk factors dramatically – and even more so when alcohol is added.