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After painkiller overdoses, patients continue to get drugs

from CBS News

More than ninety percent of chronic pain patients hospitalized for an overdose of opioid painkillers continue to receive prescriptions for the drugs afterwards, a new study reveals. Researchers analyzed a large commercial insurance claims database with information on 50 million people over a 12-year period. They found that almost 3,000 people who were prescribed opioids for chronic pain had been treated in the emergency department and/or as an inpatient after a nonfatal opioid overdose. more

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