Number of Drug Overdose Deaths Increased in 26 States Over Four-Year Period: Study

A new study finds the number of drug overdose deaths rose in 26 states between 2009 and 2013. Overdose deaths decreased in only six states, Reuters reports.

In 2013 an estimated 44,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, more than double the number in 1999, according to the study, conducted by the nonprofit group Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States, the study noted. Almost 52 percent of the deaths were related to prescription drugs, the study found. More than 16,000 deaths were related to prescription painkillers and almost 7,000 were linked to anxiety and sleep medications.

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