“Painkillers now kill more Americans than any illegal drug. Watch why.” – Vox

“It’s a terrifying fact: More than 47,000 people in America died of drug overdoses in 2014 — in what’s been widely called an epidemic. But the biggest killer of this epidemic isn’t cocaine, meth, or even heroin; it’s totally legal opioid painkillers.

“Since the 1990s, doctors have been under more and more pressure to treat pain as a serious medical issue. Pharmaceutical companies took advantage of this desire, marketing opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin as a safe, effective solution to pain.

“The result: Millions of Americans got hooked on the drugs, and tens of thousands have died from overdoses. In 2014, nearly 19,000 died from overdoses linked to opioid painkillers.”

Watch the video and read this Vox report in its entirety here.

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