The Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll periodically gauges public opinion on important health issues. It found 56% of Americans had some connection to the painkiller epidemic and 16% knew someone who had died.
This study compared the requesting patterns for acute phase markers from primary care departments in different institutions in Spain.
This year's Nobel Prize winner in economics and his wife uncover sad statistics on how substance abuse and suicide are taking their toll on white Americans at midlife. Princeton's Angus Deaton speculates that the trends reflect the broader picture of inequality.
The United States has a pain management problem that stems from both treatment style and misuse; input from multiple stakeholder groups will be required to find a solution.

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