Feds To Doctors: Stop Prescribing Addictive Painkillers For Chronic Pain

BUZZFEED (03/15) – In a bid to blunt a nationwide opioid drug addiction epidemic, federal health officials on Tuesday called for doctors to stop prescribing chronic pain patients so many of the drugs. Opioid painkillers, members of the morphine family such as OxyContin and Vicodin, are now prescribed to as much as 4% of the U.S. population — 250 million prescriptions — with their use quadrupling since 1999. Some 1.9 million Americans are now addicted to, or dependent on, the painkillers. And from 1999 to 2014, about 165,000 people died of overdoses. Read more

Read the new CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

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