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More deaths from painkillers

Scott Glover and Lisa Girion writing in the Los Angeles Times reported that despite efforts “by law enforcement and public health officials to curb prescription drug abuse, drug-related deaths in the United States have continued oxycontinto rise, the latest data show.”

CDC data “reveal that drug fatalities increased 3% in 2010, the most recent year for which complete data are available. Preliminary data for 2011 indicate the trend has continued. The figures reflect all drug deaths, but the increase was propelled largely by prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, according to just-released analyses by CDC researchers.”

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