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Accidental Overdose

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Winehouse, Cory Monteith, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger...... While many deaths may be due to misuse of illegal substances, these drugs are not always illicit, & an overdose may not always be intentional.

More than half of fatal drug overdoses in 2010 were caused by prescribed medication & prescription drug overdose deaths have quadrupled from 1999 to 2010. For 11 years in a row drug related deaths have INCREASED each year.

In 2010, about 40,000 people in the U.S died as a result of a drug overdose. 75% of prescription overdoses were due to medications such as OxyContin & Percocet; & 9,400 of prescription overdoses were due to unidentified drug cocktails; (cocktails refers to taking more than one type of prescription drug) 74% of prescription drug overdose deaths were ruled accidental; Benzodiazepines, which is a class of medications usually referred to as anti-anxiety drugs, were noted as a common cause of de…