|Prescription Drug Abuse is Killing Our Children|
| The mission of www.stopdrugdeath.com is to eliminate the scourge of death from prescription drug overdose by increasing public awareness of the scope of the problem, by promoting government and private efforts aimed toward prevention, detection, and treatment of prescription drug abuse and dependency, by supporting law enforcement efforts aimed at interdiction, and by providing suggestions for coordination of these efforts. |
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that in 2010, at least 37,485 people nationwide died from prescription drug overdoses.
For the first time in our history, prescription drug overdoses have supplanted traffic accidents as the number one accidental cause of death in the United States.
The CDC has called this an epidemic.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) released a report in 2007 titled "Wasting the Best and Brightest: Substance Abuse at America's Colleges and Universities."
The White House issued its 2011 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan, titled “Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Crisis,” to be managed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Yet deaths from prescription drug overdose continue to rise.
It is up to us to do something about this scourge.
This web site is devoted to this purpose. However, the web site is in its infancy, and our goal at this point is to gather information that will be of use in future planning.