CDC Launches Rx Overdose Website

An average of 44 people per day in the United States are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers, and almost 7,000 people are treated in emergency departments every day for using these drugs in a manner other than as directed, according to CDC.

Seeking to stem what it calls the U.S. prescription painkiller overdose "epidemic," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a new website devoted entirely to prescription drug overdoses. The site marshals statistics about the overdose problem and states that since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the United States has nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain Americans report. "Overprescribing leads to more abuse and more overdose deaths," according to CDC.

An average of 44 people per day in the United States are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers, and almost 7,000 people are treated in emergency departments every day for using these drugs in a manner other than as directed, according to CDC.

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden tweeted April 8 that the "more than 4-fold increase in opioid overdose deaths parallels the 4-fold increase in sales since 1999."

The website lists drugs frequently involved in prescription overdose deaths, including:

  • Hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin)
  • Oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin)
  • Oxymorphone (e.g., Opana)
  • Methadone (especially when prescribed for pain)

Information about solutions to the problem is available on the site. They include safe and informed prescribing practices, city and state efforts (such as regulating pain clinics, using systems to identify fraudulent prescriptions, and increasing access to naloxone), and prescription drug monitoring programs.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Green Quadrant EHS Software 2021

    Reserve your copy of the new report by independent analyst firm, Verdantix, to get a detailed, fact-based comparison of the 22 most prominent EHS software vendors in the industry.

  • Best Practices to Navigate ISO 45001

    Learn helpful tips and tricks to navigate your transition to ISO 45001 certification and ensure an effective health and safety management system.

  • Improve Your Safety Culture

    Learn the 3 fundamental areas to focus on to achieve safety culture excellence and what you can do to boost employee engagement in your EHS programs.

  • Chemical Safety: 5 Questions Answered by Experts

    Get answers to 5 of the most frequently asked questions about how to effectively mitigate chemical risk, get the most value out of your chemical data, and gain buy-in for a chemical management technology program.

  • How Has COVID-19 Changed Safety Culture?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has provided unique opportunities for health and safety professionals to rethink how they manage risk and develop stronger safety cultures. Read this eBook to learn actionable steps you can implement today to improve your programs.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January February 2021

    January February 2021

    Featuring:

    • TRAINING: SOFTWARE
      Tips for Choosing the Best Training Software
    • COMBUSTIBLE DUST
      Assessing the Dangers of Dust Explosions
    • HAND PROTECTION
      Pushing the Boundaries of Hand Protection
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      Getting a Grip on Slip Resistance
    View This Issue