Prescription Pills Kill More Minnesotans Than Traffic Deaths | News
It's killing more Minnesotans than ever before and law enforcement officials are stepping up to stem the growing problem of prescription drug overdoses.
The County Attorneys from Ramsey, Dakota and Washington Counties are pooling resources to combat the troubling upward trend of deaths connected to prescription drugs. According to federal government statistics, four people die every day in Minnesota from prescription pill overdoses. That's 120 people a month and three times more than traffic deaths on the road.
State records show there are 6.7-million authorized prescriptions in Minnesota. But, law enforcement says more people are abusing them leading to increased deaths and more crime than ever before.
Experts at Minnesota Teen Challenge say the number of people they are treating today for prescription drug addiction is ten times higher than it was ten years ago.