Painkiller abuse a growing, lethal problem

Posted on November 7th, 2011 by

Deaths from prescription painkillers are on the rise, tripling nationwide in the past decade. Almost 15,000 people died in 2008 compared to the 4,000 deaths in 1999, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…Many addicts start out with a legitimate need for medication but end up losing control, said Dr. David Onsrud, medical director of the Chemical Dependency Residential Unit at Mayo Clinic of La Crosse.

La Crosse Tribune, Kari Knutson, 11/7/11

Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System, Preventive Medicine

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