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The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has taken action to control the widespread abuse of narcotic painkillers. The agency has placed tighter restrictions on products containing one of the most common painkillers available.
Prescription medicine misuse continues to be a problem in the United States, and researchers recently wanted to find out why.
After orthopedic surgery, many patients return to their doctor asking for more pain medication. But many find other doctors in addition to their own who will prescribe them more narcotics.
Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died at his home in Northern California August 11.
When babies are born to mothers who used opiates, they may experience symptoms of withdrawal which require treatment.