According to data from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Overdose deaths from painkillers increased from less than 4,000 in 2000 to over 11,000 in 2007.
- Overdose deaths from cocaine increased from around 3,000 in 2000 to over 5,000 in 2007.
- Overdose deaths from heroin has remained steady between 2000 and 2007 at around 2,000 a year.
In total, drug overdose deaths in the United States is now the second leading causes of fatalities after car crashes.
Source: Associated Press, “US aims at its deadliest drug problem: painkillers,” Google News, April 19, 2011.