Iowa prescription drug abuse problem grows, causes 62 deaths
DES MOINES — A new report says prescription drug abuse has grown into a major problem for Iowa.
The 2013 Iowa Drug Control Strategy report was issued by the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.
It cites progress last year in reducing meth labs, the use of synthetic drugs and in alcohol offenses. But the report also cites increases in crimes involving heroin and marijuana and the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs.
The report says 62 Iowans died last year of drug-related overdoses involving prescription painkillers. That’s a nearly eightfold increase from a decade ago.