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Business & Finance : Ezra Klein

Deaths tied to opioid painkillers, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, have doubled to about 17,000 a year over the course of a decade — now outnumbering the people killed in traffic accidents each year. One reason behind the alarming r...

'I am so addicted to OxyContin': readers on prescription painkillers

Health : The Guardian: Health

In the UK prescriptions of powerful and potentially addictive opiate painkillers have doubled in the past decade. We asked our readers about these drugs Medical leaders have warned that powerful and potentially addictive opiate pain...

Opioid painkiller overdoses more than double in a decade

Health : The Guardian: Health

Number of hospital admissions in England rose to 11,660 last year as doctors say drugs are being prescribed too readily The number of patients admitted to hospital for overdosing on powerful and potentially addictive opioid painkill...

'Unnecessary' painkillers could leave thousands addicted, doctors warn

Health : The Guardian: Health

Prescriptions for powerful opioid painkillers have doubled from 12m to 24m in past decade, NHS Digital figures reveal Prescription pain killers: share your stories with us Powerful and potentially addictive opiate painkillers are be...

CDC: Prescription painkiller deaths drop for the first time in a decade

Business & Finance : Ezra Klein

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of drug overdose deaths more than doubled from 6.1 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 13.1 in 2012. Opioid painkillers -- hydrocodone, oxycodone, and the...


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