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Deaths from painkiller overdoses triple

NEW YORK (AP) - A new government report shows the number of
overdose deaths from powerful painkillers have more than tripled
over a decade.
Prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and
methadone contributed to the deaths of nearly 15,000 people in
2008. That's more than three times the 4,000 deaths in 1999.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
nearly 5 percent of Americans ages 12 and older say they've abused
prescription painkillers. The highest rate of abuse was reported in
Oklahoma while the lowest was in Nebraska and Iowa.
Fatal overdoses were more likely in men and middle-aged adults.
The report was released Tuesday by the CDC.
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Online:
CDC report: http://cdc.gov/mmwr/

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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