Zulfiqar Rana, MD, MPH

Board Certified in Internal Medicine

The Pill Mills

The federal government on Tuesday announced its first-ever comprehensive strategy to combat the abuse of oxycodone and other opioids, aiming to cut misuse by 15 percent in five years. That goal may sound modest, but it would represent a dramatic turnaround: Emergency room visits from prescription drug overdoses doubled from 2004 to 2009, when they topped 1.2 million, according to federal health officials…

US aims at its deadliest drug problem: painkillers

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