Every day, 46 Americans die from an overdose of prescription opioid narcotics such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and methadone. These drugs are commonly prescribed in every community. Overdoses from opioids are a serious problem across the country and opioid prescribing varies widely among states. Overdose rates tend to be higher where opioids are used more.
In 2012, healthcare providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioids, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. Healthcare providers in some states write almost three times as many opioid prescriptions per person as those in other states. That simply doesn’t make sense. Health issues that cause pain don’t vary much from state to state.
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