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Majority of Texas’ Drug Overdose Deaths Stem from Prescription Drug Abuse

According to the non-profit, non-partisan Trust for America’s Health, which advocates for disease prevention, the number of drug overdose deaths in Texas increased by nearly 80 percent from 1999 to 2013. The majority of those deaths stemmed from an overdose of prescription drugs. The CDC says prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. […]

According to the non-profit, non-partisan Trust for America’s Health, which advocates for disease prevention, the number of drug overdose deaths in Texas increased by nearly 80 percent from 1999 to 2013. The majority of those deaths stemmed from an overdose of prescription drugs. The CDC says prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States.

We consider what’s led to these increases, and find out how federal agencies are working with Houston groups to crack down on the problem.

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