Painkiller Overdose Deaths Have Tripled Over Last Decade, CDC Says

November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM EDT

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Painkiller Overdose Deaths Have Tripled Over Last Decade, CDC Says

November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM EDT

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths from prescription painkillers has more than tripled over the last decade.

According to the CDC report, almost 15,000 people died due to prescription painkiller overdoses in 2008, up from a total of 4,000 in 1999.

Read the CDC story HERE.