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Prescription Drug Abuse: A Public Health Epidemic

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Approximately 6.1 million Americans abuse or misuse prescription drugs. Since 1999, overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers have quadrupled and now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined. This is a public health epidemic.
Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic by the Trust for America's Health scores each state's use of policy strategies to help curb prescription drug abuse and highlights key programs making an impact in communities. Visit to find state-by-state prescription drug overdose death rates and learn how your state scores on the 10 key steps to curb abuse.
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