Mt. faces ‘silent epidemic’ of pill abuse, deaths

pill-addiction-150x150Officials in Montana report a “silent epidemic” of prescription drug abuse, which contributed to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans in 2008, according to this article. Mirroring federal statistics, that number outpaced deaths from motor vehicle crashes, homicides, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine combined.

To combat the problem, a task force of physicians and health care personnel from RiverStone Health, Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and the Rimrock Foundation have joined forces, the article says.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than five times as many women died from prescription painkiller overdoses in 2010 as in 1999, while the number of men dying from prescription drug overdose nearly tripled during the same time period.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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