- Death rates from prescription painkillers are three times higher among non-Hispanic whites than for African-Americans and Hispanic whites
- Death rates among Alaskan Natives and American Indians are about the same as they are for non-Hispanic whites
- The highest death rates are among people aged between 35 and 54 years
- 830,652 years of potential life before the age of 65 were lost in one year because of prescription painkiller overdoses
- Overdoses from prescription painkillers destroy a similar number of years of potential life lost to those from road accidents, and significantly more that those lost due to homicide
- According to 2008 data, death rates from prescription medication overdoses range from a low of 5.5. per 100,000 individuals in Nebraska to 27 per 100,000 in New Mexico
- 1 in every 12 people aged at least 12 years uses prescription painkillers recreationally in Oklahoma, the highest rate in the USA. Nebraska has the lowest rate at 1 in every 30 people.
- Sales of prescription painkillers per head in Florida (highest state) are three times higher than Illinois (lowest state). The higher the sales per person the higher that state's drug overdose death rate tends to be.
potential side effects I wonder if I just as well should bear the pain. Well, at least for the next few weeks, for bad thumb means no golf.