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CDC finds high rates of prescription abuse in Indian Country





Prescription painkiller abuse is high in Indian Country, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest overdose rate from prescription painkillers, the CDC said. Whites also shared the highest rate.

About 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Natives aged 12 or older used prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons in the past year. That was the highest rate among Whites and African-Americans, the CDC said.

Drug overdose death rates were highest in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Alaska -- three states with significant American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Get the Story:
CDC: Fatal overdoses from painkillers triple in decade; 1 in 20 Americans report abuse (AP 11/1)

Get the Report:
Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US (CDC Vital Signs November 2011)