A new report by the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows that nearly one in four people who have received a prescription for an opioid overdose will end up being prescribed a doctor who casts.
The association found that more than 4.5 million Americans died of opioid-related overdoses in 2016, and roughly 1.5 to 2 million were prescribed a prescription that was not a legitimate physician.
The data showed that nearly two-thirds of all opioid-drug overdose deaths were the result of a doctor’s error.
In 2016, one in five people died from a prescription opioid overdose.
While the association said that most doctors fail to recognize the dangers of prescribing, many continue to prescribe.
According to the CDC, 1.7 million Americans had a prescription filled for opioids in 2016.
“If we don’t stop prescribing, we’re going to continue to have a lot of overdose deaths, which will be a problem for the health care system,” said Dr. Paul Gresham, director of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Gresham said that the prescription of opioids by doctors and the misuse of the drugs are leading to a significant public health crisis.
He said that while the government and health care providers should be working to combat the problem, they are not doing enough to stop doctors from making the mistake.
“There are many steps we need to take to reduce the use of these drugs, and to prevent their misuse and abuse,” Gresman said.
“And the only way we’re doing that is to make sure we educate the public about these dangers and the problems with these drugs and how to protect themselves.”
Gresman called for a greater focus on opioid prescriptions as a public health issue and for stronger prescription monitoring programs.
According to the data, the CDC estimates that more people die from overdoses than from cancer, diabetes, or any other disease.
The agency estimates that every 10 minutes someone dies of an overdose of an opioid.
Gersham said the CDC has seen the issue of opioid addiction become a public safety issue in the United States.
The CDC has received hundreds of thousands of reports from members of the public on opioid misuse.
In 2015, the agency issued a nationwide alert that included more than 30,000 cases of overdoses involving opioids.
The agency has received nearly 4 million reports of overdose and misuse of prescription opioids in the last 10 years.