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Rate of fatal overdoses involving pain medications slows, CDC says
Rate of fatal overdoses involving pain medications slows, CDC says

Fatal overdoses involving prescription painkillers have increased every year for more than a decade, but a government study has found for the first time that the rate is slowing. Before 2006, the age-adjusted rate of painkiller-involved deaths grew by 18% per year, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. Since then, however, the death rate increased by 3% per year, the study found. But the encouraging trend was not uniform. The number of deaths involving OxyContin, Vicodin and other widely prescribed opioid painkillers continued their steady and steep climb through 2011, the last year included in the analysis. The slowdown was driven...

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