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New painkiller standards in US aim at stemming alarming rise in overdose deaths

Opioid painkillers such as OxyContin have become the most widely prescribed drugs in the US.


IN AN effort to curb what many consider the worst public health drug crisis in decades, the federal government on Tuesday published the first national standards for prescription painkillers, recommending that doctors try ibuprofen and aspirin before prescribing the highly-...

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