Doctors Hear Of Horrors Of Epidemic Of Prescription-Drug Addiction

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Andrew Kitchenman / NJ Spotlight

New Jersey doctors had already been forewarned that prescription-drug addiction has been ravaging the state – yesterday, they learned the grim details.

Prescription drugs were implicated in the deaths of more than 700 state residents in both 2011 and 2012, according to statistics released by Dr. Roger Mitchell, the New Jersey assistant state medical examiner.

He contrasted that number with the 75 deaths caused by Hurricane Sandy last year.

“The question is, are we stronger than this storm?” Mitchell said of the overdose epidemic as he spoke yesterday at an event for heathcare professionals held at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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