New report on prescription drug poisoning among teens

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that the number of poisoning deathers among teenagers has rose significantly between the years 2000 and 2009 by 91 percent!

This new report shows how prescription drugs are becoming a life-threatening problem considering that prescription drugs are replacing marijuana as a “gateway drug” that causes serious addiction and abuse, according to Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention.

The death rate of unintentional injuries of children and teenagers decreased by nearly 30 percent between 2000 and 2009 but this is due to the fact that motor vehicle deaths also dropped by 41 percent, which was reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Ways in which drug poisoning deaths can be decreased are: appropriate prescribing of drugs, proper storage and disposal, state-based monitoring programs, and preventing those from sharing prescribed drugs with others. Click here to read the CDC’s press release.

To read the full article, click here.

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