The Dangers of Prescription Painkillers

Drugs are killing more people than car accidents.
3:00 | 12/10/13

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Now back here in this country, a top doctors group has a new warning tonight about the prescription painkillers in your medicine cabinet. Abc's dr. Richard besser with more on all of this for us and what it means. Reporter: It's the danger sitting right there in your medicine cabinet. Drug overdosesellargy fueled by the wild rise in orecription painkillers are now killing more americans per year than car accidents on our highways. Accidental overdoses from prescription painkillers have quadrupled in just a decade. One reason, doctors are prescribing more and more percocet, vicodin, oxycontin and we can't seem to stop taking them. In fact, almost all of abused pain meds start as legitimate prescriptions for real pain. Then a growing number of addicts but leftover pills, or just take them from friends' medicine cabinets. Today's medical group is the latest calling for tougher rules and some are coming. Expect to see fewer pills per prescription, and a mandatory visit to the doctors to het a renewal. No more prescriptions over the phone. This is a problem because we never throw pills away. Go to your medicine cabinet and get rid of pain medicines or sleeping pills that you no longer use. You can't just throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Check with your police department. They may have a drop box or get a ziploc bag and put the pills in there, add water, coffee grounds or kitty litter, shake it up and throw it way and no one will get to it. At least this is a beginning of addressing the problem. Only a part but it can help. Thank you so much, rich.

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