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Wed October 31, 2012

Rising abuse has doctors pushing for fewer painkiller prescriptions

The more drugs such as OxyContin are prescribed, the more overdose deaths there are every year, one doctor said.
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If you have a condition or injury that leaves you in non-stop pain, for months or years, your doctor might prescribe a powerful painkiller, such as Vicodin or OxyContin. Many doctors are looking for alternatives to these narcotics, and they're sharing approaches this week at a “National Opioid Summit” in SeaTac. 

Concerns about painkillers are rising, because abuse, addiction and overdose deaths are up.

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