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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 […]

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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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