Docs Are Key Source of Painkillers for Chronic Users

March 3, 2014 11:19 PM

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Docs Are Key Source of Painkillers for Chronic Users

Most people who use opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin for nonmedical reasons first get their pills from friends or family, but for those who are frequent users, doctors become their major source of the medication, according to a new study.

Doctors often prescribe opioid medication to treat moderate to severe pain from injuries, arthritis and other problems, but studies have estimated that each year 12 million people use painkillers for nonmedical and recreational reasons.

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