Tyler, Longview, and East Texas are quickly becoming a major medical center for Texas. While the growing numbers of doctors, hospitals, and health care facilities is a boom to the local East Texas community, it may come with a hidden price to pay, prescription drug abuse.
Tyler, Longview, and the East Texas Community are not the only areas where prescription drug abuse is a growing concern, however. According to The National Safety Council, for the first time since World War II, deaths from motor vehicle accidents are no longer the leading cause of accidental death for Americans ages 25 to 64. Today, accidental drug abuse is the leading killer.
In a major report released by The National Safety Council entitled Prescription Nation: Addressing America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic,The National Safety Councilcalled on states to take prompt action to improve the monitoring and prescribing of prescription pain relievers. According to the report, 45 people die every day from overdoses from prescription pain medications. This accounts for more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. The report goes on to note that in the year 2010 alone, there were enough prescription pain medicines prescribed to medicate every American adult for a month. The National Safety Council concluded that only 3 states had implemented effective programs to minimize prescription drug abuse. Those states were Kentucky, Vermont, and Washington.
If you or someone you know or love has been injured by a prescription medication, drug overdose, or other medication error… call the personal injury lawyers at Roberts & Roberts. For over 30 years, the injury attorneys of Roberts & Roberts have been helping East Texans injured by medication error, dangerous prescription drugs, car wrecks, and unsafe products. The call costs you nothing… it could mean everything.