Deadly Drugs: The Methadone Abuse Epidemic

    A doctor's prescription pad, pen, and a stethoscope sitting on a white surfacePrescription painkiller overdoses were responsible for more than 15,500 deaths in 2009, according to a CDC Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While all prescription painkillers have contributed to an increase in overdose deaths over the last decade, methadone has played a central role in the epidemic.

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