The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found drug overdoses are pulling ahead of auto accidents as the number one killer in sixteen states, ours is one of them.
The information comes from the late 1990's until 2006. In that time, the drug related death rate almost doubled.
In King County, about half of the opiate related deaths come from pain killers prescribed by a doctor.
The number of states in which drug-related deaths have overtaken traffic fatalities has gone from eight in 2003 to 12 in 2005, and 16 in 2006.
They are: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.