The states with the largest increase in accidental fatal poisonings from 1999 to 2004 were West Virginia, Oklahoma, Maine, Montana, and Arkansas.
The risk for incorrect use of prescription drugs is higher than we’d all like to believe. Fortunately, most accidental overdoses aren’t fatal. Recently, the FDA and CDC have been working to track which drugs are involved in overdoses and why. Then, doctors and patients should be able to do more to prevent these occurrences.
If you or a loved one is taking many types of medicines, particularly a narcotic pain medicine and other drugs, make sure to always check doses and potential drug interactions with your doctor.