Prescription painkiller deaths slowing down

September 16, 2014 4:09 AM

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Prescription painkiller deaths slowing down

The numbers of deaths due to overdoses of prescription painkillers continue to rise but have slowed, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Atlanta-based health agency reports that deaths from such drugs climbed by 18% each year from 1999 through 2006, but rose by only 3% from 2007 through 2011.

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