Deaths from prescription painkillers* have reached epidemic levels in the past decade. Many more men than women die of overdoses from prescription painkillers with middle aged adults having the highest rate of overdose.
A big part of the problem is non-medical use of prescription painkillers - using drugs without a prescription, or using drugs just for the "high" they cause.
Preventing Prescription Drug Overdoses
For more information, please call the Banner Poison & Drug Information Center directly at (602) 253-3334 or call (800) 222-1222 for your local poison center.
*"Prescription painkillers" refers to opioid or narcotic pain relievers.