The heyday of pill mills and opiate overdoses in South Florida may be over, but the ill effects of the craze will likely linger for years.
Here's how the researchers framed the risk of getting all comfortably numb via a handful of oxy pills: If ten individuals of the general population die over a certain period of time, 57 people dependent on opioids -- including heroin -- will die in the same period.
"One reason for undertaking this study was to examine whether methamphetamine posed a particular threat to drug users, as it has been called 'America's most dangerous drug,'" says CAMH Scientist Dr. Russell Callaghan, who led the study. Globally, methamphetamine and similar stimulants are the second most commonly used class of illicit drugs. "The risk is high, but opioids are associated with a higher risk. We also wanted to compare mortality risks among several major drugs of abuse, as this comparison hasn't been done on this scale before."
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