More Deadly Than AIDS or Heroin: Prescription Painkillers

What will kill more people this year than AIDS, H1N1, and illegal drugs combined? For Canada, it’s prescription painkillers. But where’s the media frenzy? From the Globe and Mail:

Painkillers are causing twice the number of overdose deaths in Ontario than they were two decades ago, a precedent-setting study has found. Most of the people…got them through a prescription and had seen a doctor in the month before they died.

The study found prescription opioids kill, on average, 300 people in Ontario each year. HIV/AIDS, by comparison, kills 100 people annually; H1N1 has killed 100 people in Ontario so far. Other illicit drugs cause few overdose deaths by comparison.

“The perception, if you watch the movies, is that people inject heroin and die,” Dr. Dhalla said. “In Ontario there are far more deaths from prescription opioids than heroin. Deaths from illicit drug use without prescription opioids are relatively rare.”

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  • http://twitter.com/ALDUIAttorney Marge Steinfeld

    What is worst on these medicines, it is still prescribed by many practitioner. It's like killing their patients gradually wiht this pain killers.
    I still go for herbs.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    A friend of mine went to prison for selling pot. In prison he became addicted to opiates. (Oxycontin, Heroine, etc.) Now he's dead from O.D.
    Another casualty of the drug war.

  • Belcat

    It really sounds like the war on drugs is missing the boat in yet another way – prescription drug addiction is become way more common.
    The local pharmacy won’t even stock Oxy – by special order only, it says on their window. Now does that say criminal drug or what?
    Marge: There’s plenty of addictive herbs too. You can’t hide behind the “herbal” screen, that’s just smokescreen by the far left. Where do you think most of these drugs come from anyway?

  • Belcat

    It really sounds like the war on drugs is missing the boat in yet another way – prescription drug addiction is become way more common.
    The local pharmacy won’t even stock Oxy – by special order only, it says on their window. Now does that say criminal drug or what?
    Marge: There’s plenty of addictive herbs too. You can’t hide behind the “herbal” screen, that’s just smokescreen by the far left. Where do you think most of these drugs come from anyway?

  • Belcat

    It really sounds like the war on drugs is missing the boat in yet another way – prescription drug addiction is become way more common.
    The local pharmacy won't even stock Oxy – by special order only, it says on their window. Now does that say criminal drug or what?
    Marge: There's plenty of addictive herbs too. You can't hide behind the “herbal” screen, that's just smokescreen by the far left. Where do you think most of these drugs come from anyway?

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