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Keep painkillers in right hands


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2014

~~<p>Hawaii's alarming increase in fatal prescription-drug overdoses reflects a national trend that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has described as an epidemic. The dispensing of powerful narcotic painkillers has skyrocketed over the past decade or so, and misuse of these drugs has likewise grown.</p>
<p>Opioid analgesic painkillers such as fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone have an important place in the management of chronic pain. But as the rising death rate illustrates, some legitimate patients misuse the drugs, which also are abused by recreational users who have no medical reason to be taking them. Factor in the reality that some doctors overprescribe the painkillers and that young people in particular consider prescription drugs less dangerous than illegal ones and you've got the recipe for our current public health crisis &mdash; one that demands a multi-faceted approach to solve.</p>
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Hawaii's alarming increase in fatal prescription-drug overdoses reflects a national trend that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has described as an epidemic. The dispensing of powerful narcotic painkillers has skyrocketed over the past decade or so, and misuse of these drugs has likewise grown.

Opioid analgesic painkillers such as fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone have an important place in the management of chronic pain. But as the rising death rate illustrates, some legitimate patients misuse the drugs, which also are abused by recreational users who have no medical reason to be taking them. Factor in the reality that some doctors overprescribe the painkillers and that young people in particular consider prescription drugs less dangerous than illegal ones and you've got the recipe for our current public health crisis — one that demands a multi-faceted approach to solve. Login for more...



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