More Americans overdose on prescription drugs than heroin and cocaine combined

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The Drug Enforcement Agency recently wrapped up part of its largest-ever prescription drug trafficking investigation. In the same week, the agency finished its biggest heroin bust ever in the state of New York. Both kinds of drugs have killed more and more people in the United States each year for most of the 21st century

Overdoses as a result of heroin and prescription drug use have risen for years now, though prescription drugs remain the larger threat. More people in the U.S. overdosed on prescription drugs than their non-prescription counterparts in 2013, the latest year for which government data is available Read more…

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