American deaths from drug overdoses hit a record high in 2014, propelled by abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.
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“The increasing number of deaths from opioid overdose is alarming,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said Friday in a statement. “The opioid epidemic is devastating American families and communities.”[. . .]
Lower heroin prices, wider availability and higher purity are causing more overdoses, the agency reported. It recommends stricter guidelines for prescribing pain killers, expanded availability and wider access to naloxone, an antidote for opioid-related overdoses.
American deaths from drug overdoses hit record high
New York Post
December 18, 2015 | 5:49pm