New York City’s Department of Health reported 6,555 emergency room visits by patients overdosing on prescription drugs in 2010. The number of emergency room visits due to overdosing on prescription drugs increased by 111 percent between 2004 and 2010.
In 2010, there were 226 reported deaths to prescription drugs overdoses in New York City, an 18 percent increase from five years ago. The number of deaths in 2010 to prescription drugs overdose accounted for 44 percent of all drug overdose deaths in the city.
Source: Reuven Fenton and Carl Campanile, “Prescription-drug overdoses and deaths skyrocket in NYC,” New York Post, September 28, 2012.