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Prescription overdose deaths triple in ten years

POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 2:49pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- A new report from the Center for Disease Control said more and more Americans are dying from prescription drug overdose.

According to the CDC web site, nearly 40 Americans die a day and 1500 per year from overdosing on pain killers.

Which is more deaths than those from Heroin and Oxycontin combined.

Health officials said last year enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every adult every four hours for a month.

"Most people in America expect a pill to cure all evils. Many people don't realize that they're over -- getting over medicated. They just start with a little and then well this isn't working anymore because my body is used to it. You get used to that little bit. then you need a little bit more," said Jenessa Burney, registered pharmacist at Pharmacy Plus.

Burney says that lifestyle management is always the best prescription.

People who take multiple medications could eliminate half of those by exercise alone.


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