Prescription Painkiller Use at Record High for Americans

It is unclear if Americans are suffering from more pain than ever, but they are definitely getting more prescriptions for it. The use of Vicodin, the most popular pain relief drug in the country, has grown dramatically from 112 million doses prescribed in 2006, to 131 million in the U.S. today, according to a national survey done by the consulting firm IMS Health. Experts say most of those prescriptions are unnecessary. The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world's population, but...Full Story
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