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December 31st, 2012
10:40 AM ET

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta on witnessing the dangers of prescription drug abuse first-hand

About every 19 minutes, someone dies of an accidental prescription drug overdose. This number includes those dying from both legal and illegal drugs; however, most are due to legal prescription drugs that might be in your medicine cabinet right now. Accidental overdoses from prescription drugs now exceed the combined total of deaths from heroin, crack and methamphetamines. Some experts are calling this the worst man-made epidemic.

CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares his special report about accidental overdose and witnessing the epidemic first-hand in Washington State.

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  1. Linda Derogatis

    We need corporate sponsors (causes to step in and say enough is enough. Court fees are a run away train for the victims while government protects the doctors from killing our kids, young adults, elderly by the MICRA law the insurance companies pressured upon the legislators. This is bragged upon at thedoctorscompanywebsite- unbelievable they actually admit going after our legislators.This means victims suffer, families suffer and these doctors doors remain open will out any accountability . We have a 60 day window to reverse MICRA. Who will step up and stop this madness. It will come around to your doorstep and bite you in the butt. You would not want to bet on it not touching your family. Go to http://www.taralynnderogatis.org to support court fees and press reversal of MICRA and FREE yourself.

    January 6, 2013 at 1:03 am | Reply
  2. Tonya Roberts

    Please Keep Reporting and bringing awareness to this national epidemic! There were 5000 methadone related deaths in 2009. How many people have to die? http://www.stopmethadonedeaths.com

    January 1, 2013 at 1:05 am | Reply
  3. Sanjay

    Hi – Could you post the credits for the full version of this story, and also the full version of the story? It was interesting and I'd like to do some follow up for an article I'm writing. Cheers!~

    December 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply

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