Prescription Drug Abuse Deaths in the United States in 2007

Prescription drug abuse in the United States led to 27,658 overdose deaths in 2007.

The total number of deaths from prescription drugs were higher than the overdose deaths of heroin and cocaine combined, according to the US Center for Disease Control.

(Additional crime in the United States.)

Source: Associated Press, “States Linking Prescription Databases, Fight Abuse,” NPR, October 15, 2010.