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Prescription Drug Injuries

The New York Times reports that the number of ER visits from patients misusing or abusing prescription drugs almost doubled over the last five years.
Doubled. You read so many statistics these days. It is mind numbing to the point where incredible statistics like this get glossed over in the next 3 hour news cycle. I read the article and I still have no idea how this could be. We need the Freakanomics guys to figure this out.