DRUG OVERDOSE EPIDEMIC
Sometimes it begins with a phone call. You are in shock, confused. She was so young. What is methadone? Why was he on pain pills? What is fentanyl? How did he die of an overdose when the drug was prescribed by a physician? Like others, you start to Google, and you have found yourself here. Welcome to Overdoselaw.com.
Death Rate from Prescription Drug Overdoses Rising
Unfortunately, the rate of death from drug overdoses is rising in the U.S., and the death rate from prescribed drugs is rising too.
From 1999-2004, unintentional fatal drug overdoses nearly doubled and were the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States by 2004, behind only automobile crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. By 2016, the rate had tripled.
Deaths from accidental overdoses have increased to 19,838 in 2004 to 63,600 in 2016.