The NY Post reports:
New York City has a growing and fatal obsession — prescription drugs.
The number of emergency-room visits involving abuse of prescription drugs such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan has skyrocketed 111 percent from 2004 through 2010, a new city Health Department analysis has found.
That’s 6,555 emergency-room visits.
The number of overdose deaths from the anti-anxiety/sleeping pills also jumped 18 percent over five years, to 226. These cases accounted for 44 percent of all overdose deaths.
In light of the scourge, city health officials vowed to ratchet up the city’s public-awareness campaign against prescription-drug abuse.