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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. ------------ FOR THE RECORD 12:29 p.m.: An earlier version of this story said that deaths involving the prescription pain medications OxyContin and Vicodin climbed sharply through 2011. The steady and steep climb was seen for the category of drugs called...

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