Is prescription drug abuse a problem among the employees of your corporate clients? What about children? Foster kids? If it isn’t a problem as yet, this issue may, unfortunately surface in the near future – given the fact that the prescription drug abuse epidemic is resulting in some stark statistics. According to government data, drug overdose has overtaken auto crashes as the nation’s leading cause of accidental death.

“This is the first time that drugs have killed more people than car wrecks since the government began tracking drug-related fatalities in 1979,” as written by Maia Szalavitz for Time Heartland.

A consistent rise in prescription drug abuse has resulted in an overall increase in overdoses. As Szalavitz writes, deaths involving painkillers have more than tripled between 1999 and 2006.  Additionally, the drug death rate rose 63 percent between 1999 and 2004, and another 27 percent between 2007 and 2009.

 Prescription drug abuse also carries other grim repercussions. Research indicates that accidental poisonings of children have increased.

The research on child poisonings illustrates yet another dangerous side effect of prescription drug abuse. Politicians, government organizations and law enforcement agencies are continuing to crack down on the various causes and sources of prescription drug abuse, including in Florida, which has one of the nation’s higher rates of abuse and drug availability.