More die from drug overdoses than alcohol or firearms in 2007

Deaths induced by drugs overtook those by alcohol and firearms in the U.S. in 2007, reveal new statistics from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Released earlier this month, this study found that a total of 38,371 drug-induced deaths occurred, the majority of whom were white, low-income males.

According to this article from, the doctor who wrote the study said the increase is due to the larger numbers of prescription drugs being prescribed by physicians, especially for opioid painkillers like OxyContin.

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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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