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Archive for November, 2015

Epidemic of opioid painkillers overprescription fueled increased mortality among middle-aged white Americans

Friday, November 13th, 2015

An increase in the prescription of opioid painkillers over the last two decades, fueled by the aggressive marketing of these drugs by the pharmaceutical industry, has played a key role in the decreased life expectancy of white, middle-aged Americans, the New York Times reports. This epidemic of opioid overprescription has led to a sharp rise in cases of addiction, overdose, and deaths caused by prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and similar drugs. (more…)