Pill-Popping Facts on Prescription Drug Abuse

More Deaths from Overdoses than Guns or Car Accidents 1 of 16

Prescription drug abuse has steadily risen to epidemic proportions in recent years. By 2010, drug overdoses had overtaken traffic accidents, firearms, and falls as the leading cause of injury death. And shockingly, 60% of those overdose deaths were due to prescription drugs. 75% of those prescription drug overdose deaths involved opioid analgesics -- commonly known as prescription painkillers.