What patients can do when doctors opt for risky painkillers

March 15, 2016 7:33 PM

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NEW YORK — New federal guidelines are out for doctors who prescribe power prescription painkillers, aimed at curbing their abuse and addiction. Experts say there are things patients can do to guard against problems.

The voluntary advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is for primary care doctors, not for specialists treating severe pain from cancer or other diseases.

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