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7 questions to ask when you’re given a prescription for an opioid

A discussion with your doctor may minimize your chance of becoming dependent on or addicted to these powerful painkillers. Opioid misuse is now one of most important health problems in the United States, rivaling smoking as a cause of death. Although news reports tend to focus on an opioid crisis among the young, the opioid epidemic is increasingly affecting older people as well. In fact, the rates of hospitalization for opioid overdoses…

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