Cocaine and heroin aren't the most dangerous drugs. The stuff you find in your medicine cabinet is far worse!
The War on Drugs rages on, trying to protect everyone from their harming affects. But what if some of the most dangerous drugs were so easy to get your hands on, you could just pick them up off the shelf? Turns out that may be the case, since the rate of fatal painkiller overdoses in women have risen over 415 percent since 1999.
Your medicine cabinet may be full of the most potent and lethal drugs. Prescription pain relievers cause four times the deaths that drugs like cocaine and heroin cause—combined. In 2010 alone, 38,329 drug overdose deaths, a whopping 68 percent, are all attributed to prescription drugs.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden attributes the severe increase to extreme marketing tactics taken by pharmaceutical companies. Commercials, magazine ads, and word of mouth spread their popularity to alarming rates. Figures showed that 70 percent of Americans were given at least one drug prescription in the last year, with dangerous opioid painkillers ranking among the three most common types.
While women suffered a 415 percent increase, men only showed a 265 percent increase in prescription painkiller related deaths. The reason is women are more likely to be prescribed the dangerous stuff, receive higher doses, and shop around for doctors, receiving several prescriptions.