New data is out from the state of Massachusetts, and we’re seeing that the number of pill-related deaths have overtaken auto fatalities over a five year span.

The CDC has called prescription drug abuse has the nation’s fastest growing drug problem. And the agency blames a recent spike in unintentional drug overdose death rates on a rise in the use of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Looking at fatality statistics from 2002 to 2007 in the state, the Massachusetts OxyContin and Heroin Commission says that 3,265 residents died from opioid-related overdoses in the five year pan, surpassing the number of car-related deaths in the state.

Teens are among the victims.

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