Painkillers cause more deaths in America than illegal drugs

Painkillers cause more deaths in America than illegal drugs

In 2014, a whopping 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. It’s an epidemic right now, especially with opiates like fentanyl so easily accessible.

But the most potent drug responsible for a lot of deaths isn’t the drug you’d expect. It’s not heroin, cocaine, meth, or anything like that.

It’s painkillers. Regular, totally legal opioids you can buy at your pharmacy.

How did America get into this mess? Vox breaks it down in the short video here:

Whatever the solution may be – whether it’s axing opioid-based painkillers as a chronic pain option, or turning to medical marijuana – it needs to be done quickly.

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