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Are You Getting Pain Meds You Don't Need?

Are You Getting Pain Meds You Don't Need?

Oxycontin. Vicodin. Percocet. Opiates like these can make the agony of surgery or cancer more bearable. But potent painkillers come with serious risks–namely addiction and even death.

That’s why health experts have repeatedly warned against their overuse–especially for those with less-severe complaints. But a new report raises questions about whether people are listening.

The findings: Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston analyzed the records of more than 1 million patients hospitalized for reasons other than surgery, finding that more than half were given some opioid pain medications, such as codeine, morphine, or oxycodone. Of those, one-quarter …read more

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