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Report: Fatal Drug Overdoses Increase

The war on drugs may want to refocus to the real problem area: deadly prescription drug overdoses. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. increased for the 11th year in a row. In 2010, 38,329 people died after overdosing. More than half of them involved known prescription drugs, and 74 percent of those deaths were accidental. Even more surprising: an LA Times investigation last year revealed that prescription drug overdoses over the past decade outnumbered both heroin- and cocaine-related deaths combined.