Accidental drug overdoses shoot up 250 percent in Texas

In Texas, deaths from accidental overdoses increased by more than 250 percent from 1999 to 2007, according to this report from the Drug Policy Alliance. This article from the Texas Tribune reports that accidental drug poisoning was the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths statewide behind car crashes and suicide. Prescription drugs like OxyContin and Xanax contributed to more overdoses than illicit drugs such as heroin or cocaine. What’s more, a mixture of pills similar to those prescribed by doctors after injuries or surgeries was a significant contributor to the sharp rise in overdoses, the article reports. In Houston, prescription drugs were identified in half of all accidental overdose deaths from 2005 to 2009, a trend mirrored throughout the U.S.

About Dana Owens

Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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