Chronic Pain — 20 February 2013

bigstock-Woman-Suicide-1396448By Pat Anson, Editor

For the 11th consecutive year, drug overdose deaths continued to rise in the United States, with opioid painkillers the leading cause, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Researchers say 38,329 people died from drug overdoses in 2010.

A CDC analysis of death certificates found that 16,651 deaths involved prescription opioids, up from 15,597 in 2009 and nearly four times the number in 1999, when about 4,000 deaths involved narcotic painkillers.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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