Do Painkillers Do More Harm than Good: A Doctor's Dilemma

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The federal Centers for Disease Control produced a surprising finding today about the epidemic of deaths in America from prescription pain-killers. Drug overdoses kill 16,000 people a year. Previously, it had been thought that abusers got their pills from friends and family. The CDC says 27% of chronic prescription drug abuses got them directly from a physician. A recent study by the LA Times showed that doctors' prescriptions lead to 47% of fatal overdoses in Southern California.

Credits

Guests:
Lisa Girion - Los Angeles Times - @lisagirion, Mitchell Katz - LA County Department of Health Services, April Rovero - National Coalition against Prescription Drug Abuse - @ncapda

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Jenny Hamel, Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody