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One major factor contributing to the rising number of people who get addicted to opioids and die from overdoses is the increasing number of prescriptionswritten by doctors to treat pain. Overdose deaths related to such prescriptions increased five times from 1999 to 2017.

But according to the latest study looking at opioid prescribing patterns, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, recent efforts to address the rising number of prescriptions may be working to limit the number of opioids that doctors dispense.

…continue reading ‘Doctors Are Writing Half as Many New Opioid Prescriptions as They Used To, Study Says’

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