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Topic - Christopher M. Jones
Drug overdoses are in the news again with the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 46-year-old actor was found dead on Sunday in his Manhattan office-apartment of an apparent drug overdose.
"I think the main takeaway is that we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of deaths involving opioid pain relievers that are quite different than what we see for illicit drugs or other prescription drugs — that the opioid pain relievers really stick out," Mr. Jones said at an Oct. 24, 2012, teleconference sponsored by the CDC. "They're involved in about 75 percent of all overdose deaths that involve a prescription drug."
There are other costs, such as the estimated tab of "$72 billion in direct health care costs related to opioid pain-reliever misuse and abuse," Mr. Jones said.