Did you know?
Prescription painkiller overdoses have more than quadrupled in the past 20 years, killing 16,651 people in 2010 alone.
In 2010, 1 in 20 people in the US (age 12 or older) reported using prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons in the past year.
Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month.
Steve Rummler suffered from chronic pain and addiction to his prescribed pain medications. He died of an accidental overdose. A note with the words above was found among his belongings.
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The New York Times - 5/12/2013