Do No Harm

Morristown Medical Center Do No Harm Symposium Targets Painkiller Epidemic

donoharm-picMORRISTOWN – The dangers of driving, especially while intoxicated, are well-documented but no longer represent the most common cause of accidental death in New Jersey.

The most life-threatening danger we face, say local, state and federal law-enforcement authorities, is not behind the wheel, and may be stored in a bottle in your medicine cabinet at home.

“In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in the United States to medicate every adult American, every four hours, for a month,” Paul Fishman, U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, said Tuesday at Morristown Medical Center. “Think about that. In the year 2000, just 14 years ago, retail pharmacies dispensed 174 million opioid prescriptions, In 2009, 257 million, an increase of almost 50 percent.”

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