- A person dies every 19 minutes, on average, from an accidental prescription drug overdose
- Congressional testimony reveals 80% of world's pain pills are consumed in the United States
- Alcohol and pain or sleeping pills can be a deadly combination
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and CNN's chief medical correspondent, is the author of the novel "Monday Mornings." Don't miss his "Deadly Dose" documentary at 8 p.m. ET Sunday.
(CNN)It's the biggest man-made epidemic in the United States. That's how a doctor in Washington state described it to me as we sat outside the state Capitol in Olympia.