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A new and alarming report from the Centers for Disease Control exposing a growing problem here in the US prescription painkiller abuse.
The report showing that as many as 151000 people die every year from prescription drug overdoses.
That number -- three times more than it was just a decade ago.
Last year 120 people reported abusing prescription drugs some of the poll were as young as twelve years old.
John Roberts has more live in Atlanta John.
In -- -- in the news on this just keeps on getting worse you might remember on Friday.
We brought -- the story the explosion of babies who are being born addicted to these prescription drugs we'll take -- look at the headline from today's Centers for Disease Control report it found.
More people die from overdoses of prescription painkillers the die from heroin and cocaine overdoses combined.
Here's the statistics on who is most at risk people between the ages of 35 and 54.
Nonhispanic whites American Indians and Alaska natives the lowest rates are among blacks and Asians the overdose death overdose death rate as you mentioned a little more than three times it approaches almost four times -- what it was a decade ago.
And that seems to track perfectly along with a four times fourfold increase.
In prescribing of these narcotic painkillers in the past decade how much of these drugs.
Are prescribed every year look at this statistic enough.
To Medicaid each and every person in America every day for an entire month.
Experts say the problem is absolutely out of control doctor Tom Frieden the director of the Centers for Disease Control says there is an epidemic of overdoses in America.
But he says there are some possible solutions.
There's a -- that states can do to reduce narcotic abuse taking crackdown on pill mills speaking crackdown on doctor shopping.
They can monitor who's prescribing too much who is receiving too much.
They can then work to change the practice of those doctors maybe it's an innocent mistake maybe it's breaking the law.
You know doctor -- mentioned those pill -- those of those bogus pain clinics that for a fee of anywhere between a hundred -- few hundred dollars will dole dole out.
Unbelievable amounts of these pain medications the Centers for Disease Control cited a very interesting statistic it's at 3%.
Of the doctors in America are responsible for prescribing 62%.
Of the painkillers.
Every year here's where the highest rates aren't take a look at these states this is the highest rate of death by the way.
New Mexico number one.
West Virginia number two Nevada number three you -- Number four in Alaska coming at number five now.
Remarkably there's no correlation between the deaths.
And the rate of abuse of these drugs because take a look here contrasting -- -- The rate of abuse the top five states Oklahoma number one Oregon Washington.
Rhode Island and Kentucky.
Centers for Disease Control also brought this down and -- community level and found the most number of deaths in rural and impoverished counties.
Probably because of a -- -- lack of access to adequate medical care.
While a stack those numbers is just staggering John thank you John Roberts everybody.
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