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Opioid Prescriptions Have Tripled Since 1999


Doctors are cutting back on opioid prescriptions but not by nearly enough, federal health officials said Thursday. The number of prescriptions for painkillers has tripled since 1999, driving the opioid addiction and an overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. This means doctors have to cut back even more, saving opioids for acute pain — after surgery or for people with incurable cancer and other terminal conditions, for instance. Arthritis, back pain and other long-term conditions should be treated with other methods, CDC Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said.

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