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CDC finds uneven progress on reducing reliance on addictive opioids

CDC finds uneven progress on reducing reliance on addictive opioids

Fewer opioid painkillers are being prescribed to patients in half of U.S. counties, including most in Maryland, in recent years, but the amount remains three times what it was in 1999, according to new figures released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC and other public health officials have sought to curb prescriptions of these potent, but addictive painkillers because they are seen as a key contributor to the nationwide overdose epidemic. Users become hooked on them and later turn to cheaper and more deadly street drugs such as heroin.

"Despite the overall declines, the bottom line remains that we still have too many people getting...

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