Did you know?
Prescription painkiller overdoses have more than quadrupled in the past 20 years, killing 16,917 people in 2011 alone.
In 2011, 1 in 22 people in the US (age 12 or older) reported using prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons in the past year.
* sources: CDC, July 2014
Steve Rummler suffered from chronic pain and addiction to his prescribed pain medications. He died of an accidental overdose. A note with the words above was found among his belongings.
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