A deadly drug epidemic is currently unfolding in the U.S. with prescription drug overdoses, particularly painkillers. Prescription drug poisoning is now a more common way to die than being killed in a car accident. This is just one of the startling statistics in Dr. Sanjay Gupta's new CNN documentary, "Deadly Dose.”
Dr. Gupta says he's been noticing in the hospital where he works, “that the number of pain prescriptions being given out were increasing” but it was a call from former President Clinton that raised his awareness about the problem.
CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent adds that during his conversation with the former president he was told about two of Clinton’s friends who had both lost sons within a few days of each other due to prescription drug overdoses.
“We prescribe enough painkillers in this country to give every man woman and child a pill every four hours for three weeks,” Dr. Gupta explains.
"Deadly Dose" airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.