Prescribed Opioids: Overdoses Not Uncommon

Overdoses and drug-related deaths are not uncommon among people taking opioid drugs that have been prescribed by a doctor for chronic pain, a new government-funded study finds.
The finding suggests an urgent need to more closely monitor patients who are prescribed drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and methadone for long-term use, as well as the need to reassess current prescribing practices, an Obama administration official noted.

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