CDC: Rx Drug Overdose Death Rate Has Tripled Since 1990

Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - A new report indicates death by drug overdose is a growing problem in the United States and the numbers are startling.

The study from the National Safety Council found drugs, both legal and illegal, made up 91 percent of poisoning deaths in 2010; a problem that now ranks among the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S.

"It can be five days and you can be addicted to Oxycontin," said David Hayes, whose son died from a drug overdose in 2010.

The Centers For Disease Control also tells of a growing drug overdose problem. Stats indicate death by prescription drug overdose has tripled since 1990.

"There is a preconceived idea that anything that comes in a little orange bottle with a white lid is safe," said Carey Pomykata, director of Dillon's House; an organization dedicated to warning others about the dangers of taking something you're not supposed to.

Along with Hayes, Pomykata goes on speaking tours with the goal of spreading urgent messages to those who need to listen.

"This is not a mistake that should happen to your family. There's no room for mistake when it comes to prescription drugs. No room."

For Pomykata, that's important to know because even one misstep can unexpectedly end your life.