Prescription Painkillers: Surprising Facts (Consumer Reports)

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“America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic,” writes Consumer Reports, which turns for comment to Seddon Savage, an associate professor of anesthesiology at the Geisel School of Medicine.

Savage, director of the Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery and Education, tells Consumer Reports that opioids such as methadone, oxycodone, and hydrocodone can be safe if used as prescribed. However, she says, “they are powerful medications that need to be respected. Taking someone else’s medication, combining them with the wrong thing, or just taking too much on a single occasion can be a fatal mistake.”

Read the full story, published 1/17/14 by Consumer Reports.