Legal prescription drugs kill more Americans than illicit street drugs, but government-approved, corporate-manufactured medications are rarely mentioned in law enforcement's so-called "War on Drugs."
"In 2013, of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 22,767 (51.8%) were related to pharmaceuticals," states the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
"Of the 22,767 deaths relating to pharmaceutical overdose in 2013, 16,235 (71.3%) involved opioid analgesics...," the CDC added.
ABC News reported in 2011 that the U.S. is only 4.6 of the global population, but digests 80 percent of the world's opioids, including 99 percent of the opiate Vicodin.
Vicodin is a prescription medication that is not regulated as stringently as other opioids, making it an easy choice for doctors and dentists to prescribe.
On Ora.tv's talk show "Larry King Now" today, the host asked his guests today if Vicodin was a bigger problem than heroin, noted RawStory.com.
"Oh, absolutely," Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center medical director Damon Raskin replied.
“It’s a related problem,” addiction specialist Bob Forrest stated.
Raskin explained how young people think that Vicodin is a safe drug because it is legal and prescribed by a doctor; a baseless belief that has plagued Americans for decades.