ER Visits for Abuse of Painkillers Double Over Five Years

The number of emergency room visits for nonmedical use of prescription painkillers more than doubled between 2004 and 2008, according to an estimate by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The increase was part of a trend that saw emergency room visits for nonmedical use of all prescription and over-the-counter medications reach the same level as those for abuse of illicit drugs, the agency said in the June 18 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. One implication of...Full Story
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