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One in 4 People Prescribed Opioids Progresses to Longer-Term Prescriptions

Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become societal problems across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. Those with histories of tobacco use and substance abuse were likeliest to use opioid painkillers long-term.
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