The use of pain killers has skyrocketed in the United States in the past few years. Now Consumer Reports has published an investigation about the dangers of prescription and over the counter pain killers.
The report says 46 people die each day in this country from opioid drugs such as oxycontin, vicodin and percocet. It notes that when used correctly opioids relieve short term pain, but to manage some conditions including migraines and nerve pain, other medications may be safer.
When it comes to over the counter pain relievers, Consumer Reports is also warning about accidentally overdosing on acetaminophen, more commonly known as Tylenol. It's found in hundreds of medications, and labels can be confusing. Overdosing on acetaminophen can severely damage your liver.