Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any previous year on record. Between 2000 and 2014, nearly 500,000 individuals died from drug overdoses, including from prescription opioids like Vicodin. In 2013, overdose deaths from opioid painkillers represented 44 percent of all prescription overdose deaths. Most of these were unintentional overdoses.
A recent town hall event “Addressing The Opioid Crisis” facilitated by Rivals Podcast revealed alarming statistics about the abuse of prescription painkillers in Utah. The event released the following facts:
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