Deaths from prescription drug overdoses, particularly overdoses of prescription painkillers, have skyrocketed over the past decade. CDC and other agencies are working to identify and evaluate interventions to reduce overdose deaths. The Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) focus on policies and practices supported by emerging evidence, expert consensus, and/or extensive review of the primary drivers of the epidemic.
Prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and hydromorphone are responsible for three-fourths of all prescription drug overdose deaths and caused more than 16,600 deaths in 2010. More about the problem
The PSRs highlight—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of two key practices that states can use to reduce prescription drug overdose: