Alcohol and drug problems in US rose by 70% over the past decade
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston blamed a rise in the abuse of painkillers.
The other side is of course the ‘normalisation’ of alcohol.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012 said:
- Doctor visits involving drug or alcohol abuse increased from 10.6 million in 2001-2003 to 18 million in 2007-2009.
- The number of visits including a diagnosis of opioid painkiller abuse rose six-fold.
- 14,800 Americans died of an opioid overdose in 2008 — three times the number of overdose deaths 20 years earlier.
Study published in a research letter in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 2012 as reported by MedPage Today, Global Post and Reuters on 23 October, 2012.