Dr. Jeffrey N. Bernstein, medical director of the Florida Poison Information Center at the University of Miami, said that "poisoning death has now become the number-one cause of unintentional death, surpassing car accidents. A large percentage of those deaths involve opioid pain meds."
One reason these drugs have become so popular is that they're reactivity easy to get, Bernstein said. "It's a lot easier to go to a doctor and get a prescription, or to buy somebody's prescription, or to steal it out of somebody's medicine cabinet than it is to go to one of the bad neighborhoods and take a chance with a dealer where you are somewhat risking your own life," he said.
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