Number of Deaths in US from Prescription Drugs in 2007

According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths due to prescription drugs was four times the rate of deaths due to illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin. In the state of Florida, 76 percent of all overdose deaths invovled prescription drugs, with 34 percent of overdose deaths invovled illegal drugs. Across the entire United States, 29,846 people overdosed on prescription drugs and died in 2007.

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Drug addicts in Portugal

In July 2011, there were nearly 40,000 drug users who were being treated for their addiction in Portugal. In the early 1990s, there were an estimated 100,000 drug addicts in the country. The drop in hard-core users is due to the country decriminalizing drugs and forcing users to enter drug treatment instead of the criminal justice system.

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Driving under the influence of drugs in the US

16.3 percent of all drivers at night in the United States were under the influence of various legal and illegal drugs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Half of the drivers with drugs in their system smoked marijuana. In the state of California alone, nearly 1,000 deaths and injuries are caused by driving under the influence of drugs.

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