More doctors are prescribing oxycodone, morphine and other opioid painkillers for back pain, arthritis and headache, leading to potentially fatal overdoses, a study said.
Researchers looked at pharmacy files for adults with chronic pain who had been given at least three opioid prescriptions over three months. They found that 51 patients of 9,940 had an overdose, and six died, according to the study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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