Opioid painkillers used in dangerous combinations

December 9, 2014 9:07 PM

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Concerns have been growing for years about the number of people in the U.S. taking powerful, and highly addictive, opioid prescription painkillers. Now a new report adds to that concern by highlighting the number of people taking these drugs in dangerous combination with other medications.

The painkillers in question "include things like codeine, morphine, and brand names like Percocet and Vicodin," CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips explained on "CBS This Morning." "These are the drugs behind our prescription drug abuse epidemic. Now more people die from overdose of thes...

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