Drug overdose death rates in the United States have never been higher. Drug overdose death rates have increased roughly 5-fold since 1990. This increase in drug overdose death rates is largely because of prescription Opiate (opioid) painkillers.
Unintentional Drug Poisoning in the United States (CDC July 2010)
Increase in Fatal Poisonings Involving Opioid Analegesics in the United States, 1999-2006 (NCHS Data Brief September 2009)
For more information on drug overdose death rates please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at: http://www.cdc.gov/