Drug overdose deaths up for 11th consecutive year

Hydrocodone pills, also known as Vicodin, are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines. As in previous recent years, opioid drugs — which include OxyContin and Vicodin ‚— were the biggest problem, contributing to 3 out of 4 medication overdose deaths. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) Photo by STF
Hydrocodone pills, also known as Vicodin, are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines. As in previous recent years, opioid drugs — which include OxyContin and Vicodin ‚— were the biggest problem, contributing to 3 out of 4 medication overdose deaths. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) Photo by STF
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