Easy To Get More Painkillers After Overdose

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January 6, 2016 by socialaction2014

If you overdosed from opioids it is actually very easy to be prescribed more by the same doctor. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

Do you think these medicines should be more tightly regulated? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more here: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arc…

“Since 2000, deaths from opioid overdoses in the United States have gone up by 200 percent. While heroin is a significant part of that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “natural and semisynthetic opioids, which include the most commonly prescribed opioid pain relievers … continue to be involved in more overdose deaths than any other opioid type.”

These addictive pain relievers are increasingly accessible. Sales of prescription opioids have gone up by 300 percent since 1999, and according to a new study in Annals of Internal Medicine, even people who’ve previously overdosed often have an easy time obtaining the drugs.”

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