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Drug Overdose Deaths on the Rise

National Safety Council Says Prescription Painkillers Lead the Trend

Drug Overdose Solutions continued...

"Drug abuse is not getting the attention it deserves in an election year," he says. While both Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate John McCain's wife, Cindy, have talked publicly about their past experiences with drugs, neither party's candidates have used the experiences as a "teachable moment," Bennett says.

Focusing more attention on the drug abuse problem, he says, would ideally involve reaching out to the Hollywood community and to athletes, persuading some who have overcome drug problems to join the anti-drug effort. "Let them be role models of what not to do," he says.

In an effort to educate employers about their workers' drug overdose problems, the National Safety Council will launch a campaign in March. The guide will include information about warning signs of painkiller abuse, among other facts, Froetscher says.

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