UPDATE: Marijuana and abuse of prescription drugs rose in Iowa, while the number of meth labs and alcohol-related offenses declined, according to the 2013 Iowa Drug Control Strategy report released Thursday.
Sixty-two Iowans died of drug-related overdoses involving prescription pain relievers last year, according to the report. That’s 59 percent higher than in 2010. The report also found 29 drug-related traffic fatalities in 2011, the highest in five years.
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“This report provides further evidence that while Iowa may have one of the nation’s lowest rates of drug abuse, including prescription drug abuse, the misuse of medicine is our state’s fastest growing form of substance abuse, affecting an increasing number of Iowans,” Steve Lukan, director of the Office of Drug Control and Prevention, said in a written statement released with the report. “A record number of prescription pain-reliever overdose deaths, an increase in drug-related traffic fatalities and rising substance abuse treatment admissions demonstrate a growing need to promote the safe use of medicine while preventing its abuse.”
Read the full report at http://www.iowa.gov/odcp/