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CDC makes 'urgent' call to rein in opioid prescriptions

(Milwaukee –Wisconsin Journal Sentinel March 15) After more than 165,000 overdose deaths and a quadrupling of narcotic painkiller prescriptions in the last 15 years, the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new guideline Tuesday designed as an "urgent response" to rein in the prescribing of opioids for chronic pain.  The action comes on the same day that the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office released data showing that a record high 255 people died of drug overdoses in 2015, an increase of 53% from 2012.  These are deaths from exposure to a multitude of drugs, often combined, and not merely the focus of the CDC guidelines:  narcotic painkillers. READ MORE