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By Nancy Wride
A new federal study has found that U.S. doctors are the leading source of prescription painkillers for hardcore addicts — those at highest risk for overdose.
Amid epidemic abuse of prescription painkillers, which leads to more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings upend notions about where the most chronic drug users get their drugs. The study was published in March 2014 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
“Many abusers of opioid pain relievers are going directly to doctors for their drugs,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said of the findings. “Health care providers need to screen for abuse risk and prescribe judiciously by checking past records in state prescription drug monitoring programs. It’s time we stop the source and treat the troubled.”
How big is this public health problem? The CDC says enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month.
Of the 12 million Americans over age 12 who used a painkiller the prior year for something other than a diagnosed condition, the report found that most people were still getting the drugs from friends, family, or someone they knew. But among people abusing painkillers the most frequently, a doctor was most often the source. Read More
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