In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), researchers found that fatalities linked to prescription drugs went up four-fold between 1999 and 2011, from just over 4,000 to more than 17,000. Authorities fear that the death toll will continue to escalate, stressing that the numbers reported are in all probability understatements of the actual number of fatalities. Researchers used death certificates to conduct the study, but acknowledge that specific drugs were not named in about a quarter of the deaths.
While most of the deaths linked to prescription drugs were tied to the use of opioids, the study also showed other prescription drugs linked to significant increases in fatal overdoses. Among those pharmaceutical products cited in the study were benzodiazepine drugs, such as Xanax and Klonopin.
An interesting result of the study: the greatest increase in fatal overdose from prescription drugs was among people ages 55 to 65, whereas deaths in younger people did not escalate as much. Researchers also found that most victims actually had prescriptions for the drugs that killed them.
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