Missouri must do more to rein in Rx abusers

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, including in Missouri. The problem demands a stepped up response from our state and communities.

Prescription drug overdoses have now surpassed traffic crashes as the leading cause of unintentional injury death in America — with more than 38,000 drug overdose deaths in 2010 compared to 32,000 motor vehicle fatalities.

More than 16,000 overdoses were from prescription painkillers. And today, more people die from overdoses of opioid pain relievers than from heroin and cocaine combined.

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