Click the image above to be taken to the interactive map and the report.
According to the report, prescription drug abuse has quickly become a top public health concern, as the number of drug overdose deaths - a majority of which are from prescription drugs – doubled in 29 states since 1999. The rates quadrupled in four of these states and tripled in 10 more of these states.
Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined, and drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle-related deaths in 29 states and Washington, D.C. Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs costs the country an estimated $53.4 billion a year in lost productivity, medical costs and criminal justice costs, and currently only one in 10 Americans with a substance abuse disorder receives treatment.
So while 655,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana possession alone in 2012, a drug that no one dies from, these prescription drugs are remain completely legal. All the while pharmaceutical companies continue to make billions each year.
Keep in mind this map is only highlight the people who die from overdose. It does not indicate just how many Americans are addicted to these medications.