Pain killer prescription practices vary widely among US states, study finds

July 2, 2014 12:03 PM

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Pain killer prescription practices vary widely among US states, study finds

Wide state-by-state variations in how often U.S. doctors prescribe opioid pain killers underline the need for tighter regulations for "pain clinics" that dispense the potentially deadly drugs, particularly in Southern states, a federal agency said on Tuesday.

The United States has the highest per-capita consumption of opiate pain killers in the world, twice as high as number two ranked Canada, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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