The report highlights the rising death rate associated with the use of opioid painkillers such as methadone, morphine
, OxyContin, Dilaudid, and Vicodin.
Between 1999 and 2006, according to the report:
Deaths from the use of opioid pain relievers more than tripled in the U.S., from 4,000 in 1999 to 13,800 in 2006.
40% of all poisoning deaths in 2006 in the U.S. involved opioid painkillers.
The number of poisoning deaths involving methadone increased from 790 to 5,420 during this period.