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Journal Article
Study

Vital signs: overdoses of prescription opioid pain relievers- United States, 1999-2008.

Prevention C for DC and. MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report. 2011;60:1487-92.

This study highlights the growing epidemic of opioid medication overdoses, which now account for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. Improved drug monitoring and safe prescribing practices are suggested prevention strategies.