For many years, car accidents have been a major cause of death for Americans. That is until recently when new data was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that traffic fatalities are now surpassed by drug overdoses in the number of deaths in the United States. What might surprise people even more is that the drugs people are overdosing on are not heroin, methamphetamines, or cocaine. Shockingly, more overdoses are occurring with prescription medications.
In the new information published by CDC, it showed that drugs killed at least 37,485 Americans in 2009, which is more than the 36,284 deaths which were caused by traffic accidents. Of of these stats alone, we can now see that the death toll from drugs takes one life every 14 minutes. As this staggering number continues to rise, deaths from other causes are dropping. The main prescription drugs being abused are Vicodin, Xanax and OxyContin. The drugs are even causing more deaths than illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine.
It is scary to think of how many of those are suffering from an addiction to prescription drugs and are unable to stop. Many people struggling with an addiction believe they are hopeless or they might just be fearful of the thought of going to a treatment center. But there is always a way out of abusing drugs and a treatment center is one of the best ways to get the utmost care to lead a life without depending on drugs.
Americans dying from overdoses of prescription drugs are people of all ages. These numbers have doubled in ten year’s time and now is the time for those suffering to stop the numbers from increasing anymore. Now is the time to seek out a treatment center that can help to lead a drug-free life so that you or a loved one is not a casualty of addiction. For more information on how to lead a life that is not dependent on drugs, contact Vista Taos Renewal Center in New Mexico today.