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Overdose death rate soars despite fewer opioids prescribed


While dentists are prescribing fewer opioids than in past years, the death rate from drug overdose in the U.S. more than doubled from 6 to 13.8 per 100,000 population from 1999 to 2013, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors of the surveillance summary primarily attributed the increase in drug overdoses to the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioid analgesics, sedatives and tranquilizers, and stimulants. more

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