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Opioid Drug Deaths Cost 500,000 Years of Life in U.S.

Study shows opioid-related deaths up 242 percent from 1991 to 2010, with the biggest jump in young people due to recreational use of prescription painkillers. Read More

What is the reason for the big increase in opium product overdoses

I keep hearing the news that prescription pain meds occasionally kill and routinely addict people. OK, but heroin is 10 times or so as strong as morphine. Injection is, as far as I know, the fastest route of administration.

So why are orally taken pills with known dosages and absorption rates killing us faster than "bangin horse"?

Why is the quality, strength, etc of "smack" more reliable from facilities hidden in the mountains of Afghanistan and the Golden Triangle than pills produced in America (or wherever we outsourced their manufacturing too).

I am trained to believe that street drugs should be far riskier to take than pills from the doctor.

I don't get it.

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Richard Taite is CEO and founder of the Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center in Malibu, California and co-author of the book Ending Addiction for Good.

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